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1. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
(Original post by Palatial Veranda)
I would class it as more of a spiky word

It's all about the Kiki/Bouba Effect for me.

Above we have Kiki and Bouba. Which is which? Kiki is the angular shape of course. I feel that this is more aggressive. I also think Paki is an angular word and would be far less offensive if it was modified to Pasi. Although not as rounded as 'Bouba' it represents a step in the right direction.

In summary, replace the 'K' in the word with something else and all problems will be solved . . . .
I don't think there has ever been a post so deserving of my rep. Bravo.
2. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
(Original post by Palatial Veranda)
I would class it as more of a spiky word

It's all about the Kiki/Bouba Effect for me.

Above we have Kiki and Bouba. Which is which? Kiki is the angular shape of course. I feel that this is more aggressive. I also think Paki is an angular word and would be far less offensive if it was modified to Pasi. Although not as rounded as 'Bouba' it represents a step in the right direction.

In summary, replace the 'K' in the word with something else and all problems will be solved . . . .
3. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
I refer to pakis as pakis, and all pakis I've known (I grew up in a very "multicultural" city) happily used the term themselves. I'm pretty sure it's only offensive to dem white, middle-class people.
4. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
(Original post by AspiringGenius)
I don't know. Perhaps I've had too much sugar for the day :L
OMG lol! youre so confusing! hahahaha
5. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
If a Asian person said to a English person 'You ****ing Brit' would it be treated the same as if a English person said to a Pakistani person 'You ****ing Paki'? I'm not sure it would be.
6. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
It does not generally refer to someone from Pakistan, simple as that. You seriously need to understand this, it's like saying n****r specifically means people from Niger or Nigeria. P**i is a racist and derogative to all South Asians. Some Pakistani's may use it as a term for Pakistani, but it is racist if used by non-South Asians, like how only black people say n****r to each other without racist connotations. Having said that, South Asians who are not from Pakistan rarely use this word. It has taken on racial connotations so has acquired the status of a slur if used by non-South Asians.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6740445.stm
7. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
Same reason why black rappers call each other and themselves ******, but it is completely wrong for a person of a different race to do so.

Akala (Miss Dynamites bro) states: If a chinese rapper were to say, die chink, die, everybody would be like "what is wrong with this guy?"

And he's got a point. There is no answer. Black people call themselves it, Pakistanis call themselves it, but English people don't, and neither do Chinese, perhaps it's to do with differences within the race? Just a more encompassing name, like when we call people Chavs, they're the same race as us, so it isn't racist? But it is derogatory.
8. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
I read an Al Murray book and he described it quite well:

" you've got Uzbekistan where the Uzbeks live. You've got Tajikistan where the Tajiks live. You've got Afghanistan where the Afghans live. And you've got Pakistan...where the Asains live."
Last edited by NR09; 06-06-2012 at 17:50.
9. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
i see all of your points .. i never thought of it that way tbh :
10. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
basically the meaning behind its use is what makes it offensive. lots of swear words have no real meaning, however the way they are said and the intention behind them makes them offensive. if blaploopalobalob became commonly used as a derogatory term for pakistani people then it would be just as offensive as paki. simple really. and all those smart arse ***** who call people pakis and then say "oh its just the right word to call someone from pakistan" no. just no. pakistani is an acceptable word, there are no rules that you've got to take away the end and add "i", thats just how most people do it cos tbh were all pretty lazy.
11. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
(Original post by The Doggfather)
Gora just means white person lol, it's not a derogatory term or anything!
Paki just means Pakistani.
12. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
It's another one of those things where every other race is allowed to say something but if white people do it then it's racist
13. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
A girl at school used to walk round shouting ''Im a paki for life'' ''Hate Britain, Im a Paki''. She wouldnt talk to anyone who wasnt Pakistani, or at least looked down on them.

Well, **** off to your own country if you dont like it here!!

Im all for a mixed culture, as long as people actually appreciate the free and better education and all the benefits from living here. I find it a bit insulting when they are as rude as her.

Im a Brit for life- and proud!
14. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
(Original post by pinkangelgirl)
A girl at school used to walk round shouting ''Im a paki for life'' ''Hate Britain, Im a Paki''. She wouldnt talk to anyone who wasnt Pakistani, or at least looked down on them.

Well, **** off to your own country if you dont like it here!!

Im all for a mixed culture, as long as people actually appreciate the free and better education and all the benefits from living here. I find it a bit insulting when they are as rude as her.

Im a Brit for life- and proud!
i agree! obv theyre going to be hated if they go round saying stuff like that!
15. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
(Original post by Hugh G. Rection)
It's another one of those things where every other race is allowed to say something but if white people do it then it's racist
no i dont think it is im pretty sure if black people or chinese people did it then 'pakis' would get annoyed at them too
16. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
(Original post by Menefrego88)
Paki just means Pakistani.
Does n****r refer to anyone from Niger or Nigeria?
17. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
It's been used to offend people in the past, and still is, so people are offended by it.
Brit, has not usually been used to refer to people in an offensive way/ people aren't offended by it. Although it very well can be.
That being said, I used to hear people referring to generally all (south) Asian people as Paki, they weren't saying this person is from Pakistan, they were just trying to belittle them and be offensive.

Also, I don't see the need to abbreviate peoples nationalities. When you do so, It can have negative connotations.
People from Pakistan, are Pakistani.. People from Britain are British.

But when we cut it down, It can seem kinda derogative... E.g
Example. "Excuse me Brit person" Vs "Excuse me British person"
Example "Excuse me Paki person" Vs "Excuse me Pakistani person" I just feel the shortened versions, If said in a certain way can sound very harsh.

Also, when would you need to call somebody a Paki? Why would you want to? You can't tell what everybody's nationality is, given there are many in the world.

Why is paki not filtered out?
Last edited by anonymouspie227; 06-06-2012 at 18:14.
18. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
(Original post by Palatial Veranda)
I would class it as more of a spiky word

It's all about the Kiki/Bouba Effect for me.

Above we have Kiki and Bouba. Which is which? Kiki is the angular shape of course. I feel that this is more aggressive. I also think Paki is an angular word and would be far less offensive if it was modified to Pasi. Although not as rounded as 'Bouba' it represents a step in the right direction.

In summary, replace the 'K' in the word with something else and all problems will be solved . . . .

OP, I totally see where you're coming from with paki-pakistani, brit-british. But i think it was cos paki was used as a racist term in the past, people still treat it as one.
19. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
(Original post by ZeeAli)
i know this will spark loads of debate but im just interested as to why its like a british person being called a brit ... :/
Because the people who use the term 'paki' are so ****ing retarded that it's rarely applied to people from Pakistan, they just use it to describe any Middle Eastern person because they're so ignorant.
20. Re: Tell me why being called a 'paki' is offensive?
Because the people who use the term 'paki' are so ****ing retarded that it's rarely applied to people from Pakistan, they just use it to describe any Middle Eastern person because they're so ignorant.
lol racism should stop
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