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21st Jun '16 7:50:32 PM gewunomox
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* When the Yardbirds collapsed, leaving Jimmy Page as sole remaining member, he recruited three unknown musicians (they knew each other through session work) and carried on. Legal uncertainties caused them to become the New Yardbirds. Then TheWho's Keith Moon and John Entwistle made a remark about them going down "like a lead zeppelin". They adopted this name, changing the spelling to the familiar Music/LedZeppelin at the suggestion of their US distributor, who thought people might mispronounce (and misconstrue) "Lead" as if it were "'''lead''' a horse to water".

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* When the Yardbirds collapsed, leaving Jimmy Page as sole remaining member, he recruited three unknown musicians (they knew each other through session work) and carried on. Legal uncertainties caused them to become the New Yardbirds. Then TheWho's Music/TheWho's Keith Moon and John Entwistle made a remark about them going down "like a lead zeppelin". They adopted this name, changing the spelling to the familiar Music/LedZeppelin at the suggestion of their US distributor, who thought people might mispronounce (and misconstrue) "Lead" as if it were "'''lead''' a horse to water".
18th Jun '16 4:19:30 PM Lopiny
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* The online term "Social Justice Warrior", or "SJW", was created as a ironic pejorative term for people who often spoke negatively about sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or anything of that ilk to a tiresome extent. It was initially used to describe [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad overly-PC]] Website/{{Tumblr}}ites who had just found out what "cultural appropriation" meant and applied the term rather broadly, before expanding to become a general invective that could be yelled at anyone. Eventually, it was adopted as a self-descriptive term by geeky online folks with strong opinions about inclusivity and social equality, leading to a fad for replacing "warrior" with other ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' classes, and eventually [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BzSuMiUIIAIclHG.jpg:large these buttons]] being sold at conventions. Its use as a pejorative does seem to have seen a resurgence as of late.
** Inversely, "Shitlord" was used as an insult to the kind of person against [=SJWs=] and meant sexist, homophobic, racist, etc; in just one word. The term became so overused and parodied, almost no one uses it anymore and the ones that do only call each other that as a friendly term to make fun of its lack of hurtful meaning.

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* The online term "Social Justice Warrior", or "SJW", was created as a ironic pejorative term for people who often spoke negatively about sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or anything of that ilk to a tiresome extent. It was initially used to describe [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad overly-PC]] Website/{{Tumblr}}ites who had just found out what "cultural appropriation" meant and applied the term rather broadly, before expanding to become a general invective that could be yelled at anyone. Eventually, it was adopted as a self-descriptive term by geeky online folks with strong opinions about inclusivity and social equality, leading to a fad for replacing "warrior" with other ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' classes, and eventually [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BzSuMiUIIAIclHG.jpg:large these buttons]] being sold at conventions. Its use as a pejorative does seem to have seen a resurgence as of late.
late, as some of the aforementioned people took it increasingly far.
** Inversely, "Shitlord" was used as an insult to the kind of person against [=SJWs=] and meant sexist, homophobic, racist, etc; in just one word. The term became so overused and parodied, almost no one uses it anymore and the ones that do only call each other that as a friendly term to make fun of its lack of hurtful meaning.meaning, or (occasionally) as a sort of praise for someone who'd rather stand their ground when attacked by the aforementioned [=SJWs=].
18th Jun '16 12:26:41 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* Music/{{Dismember}} was filed a lawsuit over the {{Gorn}} lyrics of "Skin Her Alive", calling the band "pornographic, obscene or indecent". After it was settled (in their favor), they released their next album, titled ''Indecent and Obscene''.
13th Jun '16 9:56:54 AM DavidDelony
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* One reason that a number of younger Americans positively identify with the term "socialism" is that they've heard conservatives deride their liberal opponents as "socialists." Most of these people, on the other hand, are ''social'' liberals, to the irritation of many Marxist-Leninists anarchists.

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* One reason that a number of younger Americans positively identify with the term "socialism" is that they've heard conservatives deride their liberal opponents as "socialists." Most of these people, on the other hand, are ''social'' liberals, to the irritation of many Marxist-Leninists and anarchists.
9th Jun '16 6:55:21 AM spiritsunami
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* In the early days of baseball's American League, manager John [=McGraw=] of the Baltimore Orioles (the franchise now known as the New York Yankees, though [=McGraw=] would be better known as the skipper of New York's ''National'' League team) called the Philadelphia franchise a "white elephant". Manager and part-owner Connie Mack immediately had a white elephant patch sewn on the uniforms of his team, and over a century and two city changes later, the Oakland Athletics still have an elephant mascot.
8th Jun '16 10:30:12 AM Doug86
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* The ''ComicBook/HeroesReborn'' ContinuityReboot attempt had Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk and ComicBook/IronMan do this to each other when their origins were mashed up into a single storyline. (Tony used the H-word when he first saw the mutated Banner, and the Hulk liked the sound of it; the other side was just applied HulkSpeak.)

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* The ''ComicBook/HeroesReborn'' ContinuityReboot attempt had Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk and ComicBook/IronMan do this to each other when their origins were mashed up into a single storyline. (Tony used the H-word when he first saw the mutated Banner, and the Hulk liked the sound of it; the other side was just applied HulkSpeak.)
2nd Jun '16 10:35:43 AM DaibhidC
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* Baldrick in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'' suspects his first name might be "Sodoff", because when he was playing in the gutter with the other snipes, he'd say "Hello, my name's Baldrick" and they'd reply "Yes, we know. Sod off, Baldrick." His descendent in ''Blackadder Goes Forth" is Private S. Baldrick.

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* Baldrick in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'' suspects his first name might be "Sodoff", because when he was playing in the gutter with the other snipes, he'd say "Hello, my name's Baldrick" and they'd reply "Yes, we know. Sod off, Baldrick." His descendent in ''Blackadder Goes Forth" Forth'' is Private S. Baldrick.
2nd Jun '16 10:33:52 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', it's apparent that "The Penguin" will eventually be one of these; Cobblepot hates the name, treating it as his BerserkButton, but the series is a prequel and that is what he's called in other works.

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* In ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', it's apparent that "The Penguin" will eventually be one of these; Cobblepot hates the name, treating it as his BerserkButton, but the series is a prequel and that is what he's called in other works. Half way through the first season, Sal Maroni tells him he needs to ''own'' the name so that people can't use it as an insult.


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* Baldrick in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'' suspects his first name might be "Sodoff", because when he was playing in the gutter with the other snipes, he'd say "Hello, my name's Baldrick" and they'd reply "Yes, we know. Sod off, Baldrick." His descendent in ''Blackadder Goes Forth" is Private S. Baldrick.
31st May '16 9:12:51 PM R1ck
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* In 2008, UsefulNotes/BarackObama described rural Americans as "bitter" and "clinging to guns and religion." Many conservatives started referring to themselves proudly as "bitter clingers."
31st May '16 9:02:19 PM R1ck
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* Every name for every artistic movement ever was found this way. The Impressionists are so called because a critic said that "they can't draw anything other than an impression", the Fauves (which translates as 'beasts') are so called because a critic called them beasts... and the list goes on.
** Averted by Dada, whose name was chosen by (according to legend) sticking a knife in a dictionary.
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