Four OFFENSIVE Everyday Terms That Are ACTUALLY Offensive!

Here are four offensive terms that actually come from offending other cultures or races. 


1.  "No can do."  Today it's a folksy way of saying you can't do something.  But in the 1800s, it was a way of making fun of CHINESE people who spoke broken English.

 

 

2.  "Long time no see."  It's basically like the last one, but it was a way of imitating how Native Americans spoke English.

 

 

3.  "Gypped," as in being cheated out of something.  It's offensive to some people because it furthers the stereotype that gypsies are dishonest thieves.

 

 

4.  "Paddy wagon."  The name "Paddy" used to be short for Patrick.  And it was also used as a derogatory term for Irish people.  It might be connected to police vehicles because cops back then were commonly of Irish descent.

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