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    Jan 02, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    Why is it when people say "no offence" they then go on to come out with offensive crap?
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    Jan 02, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidWhy is it when people say "no offence" they then go on to come out with offensive crap?

    Do the british really use a "c" in "offence," but an "s" in "offensive"?
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    Jan 02, 2009 11:51 PM GMT
    they think it makes what they'er saying less offensive, the sad part is it doesn't
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    Jan 02, 2009 11:54 PM GMT
    Caslon8000 said
    redheadguy saidWhy is it when people say "no offence" they then go on to come out with offensive crap?

    Do the british really use a "c" in "offence," but an "s" in "offensive"?


    No offence, but the British English is the real English ;).
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    Jan 02, 2009 11:58 PM GMT
    offshore said
    Caslon8000 said
    redheadguy saidWhy is it when people say "no offence" they then go on to come out with offensive crap?

    Do the british really use a "c" in "offence," but an "s" in "offensive"?


    No offence, but the British English is the real English ;).

    No offense/offence, but you totally missed the point.
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    Jan 03, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    take offence, but your all fucked up like you wouldn't believe you offensive bunch a bastards! icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 03, 2009 2:29 AM GMT
    well you know the saying...
    "people who can't say what they mean, don't mean what they say".
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    Jan 03, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
    I think people use this phrase to make a generalization, but not directly targeting the person they are speaking to.

    To me, it just indicates that the person isn't articulate enough to say what's on their mind without sounding like a jerk.
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    Jan 03, 2009 2:47 AM GMT
    I've been working to erase the phrase out of my lexicon because as Marko stated, it doesn't soften the blow. Actually, it makes the person look more like a blowhard.
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    Jan 03, 2009 2:53 AM GMT

    TheGuyNextDoor said, "I have leaned to laugh at it.."

    Well, no offence, but stand up straight when you laugh or you may pull something. Not THAT something, now get your hands away from there. heheh.
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    Jan 03, 2009 3:05 AM GMT


    HAH! Aren't you supposed to say 'No offence' first? You rebel you..
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    Jan 03, 2009 3:30 AM GMT


    You say 'Tomato'

    we say 'To-mah-toe'

    You say 'potato'

    we say say 'po-tah-toe'

    You say ' What're those things?'

    we say 'Those are our things.'

    You say, 'can I touch 'em?'

    we.......Oh, Bill says he's making dinner upstairs alone and I have to go now.

    XO -Doug


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    Jan 03, 2009 4:46 AM GMT
    No offense, but, you silly boys, it's "you're" as in "you are" and NOT your as in "your pee pee."

    Gosh.

    No offense.

    Let's, as in "let us", get our contractions right and proper.

    Jeeze.
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    Jan 03, 2009 4:51 AM GMT
    flex210 saidNo offense, but, you silly boys, it's "you're" as in "you are" and NOT your as in "your pee pee."

    Gosh.

    No offense.

    Let's, as in "let us", get our contractions right and proper.

    Jeeze.

    Well i'd tell you to blow me, but no offence I don't think you'd be very good at it!
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    Jan 03, 2009 5:14 AM GMT


    lettuce be friends
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    Jan 03, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    Here's a recent example. In a game's chat (EVE Online), this guy was talking about having enlisted as tank crew and going to Iraq in a few months. Several peaceniks started to bash him, calling him a 'child-killer' and a 'racist'.

    Funny thing was, the guy was cool. He was only 18, but idealistic as hell, and definitely not racist nor stupid nor in it just for the 'thrills'. He had a hard time defending enlisting, which three people apparently thought a crime. The discussion turned flameworthy though another enlisted player, a submarine crewmember, tried to defend him.

    Then just as the discussion was settling, one of the peaceniks couldn't resist a parting shot. He said:

    "Nothing personal, but I hope you die out there"

    WTF?!! icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 03, 2009 5:35 AM GMT
    redheadguy saidWhy is it when people say "no offence" they then go on to come out with offensive crap?
    No offense , but you sir are a monkey felching squirrel rapist. Oh, I meant to say "Bless your heart sir, you are a monkey felching squirrel rapist". I find "Bless Your Heart" works so much better. Not only are they not allowed to be offended by what you just said, but the whole phrase is rather condescending and dismisive, but since you said "Bless Your Heart" nobody really feels comfortable complaining about it.
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    Jan 03, 2009 7:56 AM GMT
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    TheGuyNextDoor, 'your fruit' was correct, no offence to flex210, heh,

    but really it's my fruit and Bill's fruit not your, er, .......what?

    ...time for that potato head joke...
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    Jan 03, 2009 4:55 PM GMT



    That video........icon_eek.gificon_exclaim.gificon_question.gif....OK I give up.

    Lampshade? Apple in river! Telephone?
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    Jan 03, 2009 6:20 PM GMT
    We do indeed spell it offence and offensive. Just like licence and licensing.
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    Jan 03, 2009 7:09 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidWe do indeed spell it offence and offensive. Just like licence and licensing.


    With all due respect; I admit that I have never figured out why the americans insist on spelling things funny.
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    Jan 03, 2009 7:16 PM GMT
    I'm sure that before it became cliche it was a genuine statement just like "with all due respect." It's in the Geneva Conventions, look it up!
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    Jan 03, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
    I think its said to soften a blow if its actually meant.
    Ex: No offense, but I think you need a breath mint..

    Or if its not, its like insult to injury.
    Ex: No offense, but your a raging cuntasaurus rex!
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    Jan 03, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    I've always thought of it as a phrase people use to avoid owning up to putting a person down to their face. In other words, they believe the words grant them the liberty to tear someone down without having to pay for it.