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20 Things You’re Saying You Didn’t Know Were Offensive

Best Life Logo By Morgan Greenwald of Best Life | Slide 1 of 21: Cobble together—in your head, please, particularly if there are children around—a list of the most offensive words and phrases you can think of. Chances are, it's full of the usual suspects: F-words and C-words and a whole lot of S-words, right? But here's the thing: your list is missing quite a few offensive words. And we're sorry to report that it's a good bet you use a lot of them a lot of the time.For instance, did you know that the common phrase "basket case" comes from a saying used in World War I to describe quadriplegics? Or that "rule of thumb" has an insidiously violent origin? (And we're sure most parents aren't aware that "fuzzy wuzzy" was a racist term before he was the protagonist of a harmless child's rhyme.) Before you accidentally hurl an insult without even realizing, read up on these 20 offensive words and phrases. And for more historical anecdotes, check out these 20 “American” Traditions We Totally Stole from Other Cultures.

20 Things You’re Saying You Didn’t Know Were Offensive

Cobble together—in your head, please, particularly if there are children around—a list of the most offensive words and phrases you can think of. Chances are, it's full of the usual suspects: F-words and C-words and a whole lot of S-words, right? But here's the thing: your list is missing quite a few offensive words. And we're sorry to report that it's a good bet you use a lot of them a lot of the time.

For instance, did you know that the common phrase "basket case" comes from a saying used in World War I to describe quadriplegics? Or that "rule of thumb" has an insidiously violent origin? (And we're sure most parents aren't aware that "fuzzy wuzzy" was a racist term before he was the protagonist of a harmless child's rhyme.) Before you accidentally hurl an insult without even realizing, read up on these 20 offensive words and phrases. And for more historical anecdotes, check out these 20 “American” Traditions We Totally Stole from Other Cultures.

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