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  • 'Slut' used to mean a slovenly woman. Now it means a woman who will go to bed with everyone. This is considered a bad thing in a woman, although perfectly fabulous in a man. 'Bitch' means a woman who will go to bed with everyone but you.

  • ... it's no longer socially acceptable to make bigoted statements and racist remarks. Some people are having an awful time with that: 'I didn't know anybody would be offended!' Well, where have you been? I remember when people got away with it and they don't anymore. That's fabulous.

    • Judith Martin,
    • in Susan Goodman, "Judith Martin," Modern Maturity ()
  • There are worse words than cuss words, there are words that hurt.

    • Tillie Olsen,
    • "Hey Sailor, What Ship?" Tell Me a Riddle ()
  • A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a woman called by a devaluing name will only be weakened by the misnomer.

  • It is an easy thing to call names; any fool is equal to that ... and the weapon of vituperation is generally used by those who lack brains for argument or are upon the wrong side.

  • Using insult instead of argument is the sign of a small mind ...

  • A stick or a stone only stings for a minute. A name seems to hurt forever.

  • ... it's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you.

  • It is almost impossible to throw dirt on someone without getting a little on yourself.