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22nd Sep '16 4:49:15 AM Morgenthaler
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Alice is speaking to Bob about something. In the course of the dialogue, Alice calls Bob eloquent, or valiant, or perhaps "a {{badass}}". Not knowing what a badass is, Bob demands to know if she thinks he has hemorrhoids. This is often, but not always, a case of ComplimentBackfire. See also YouKeepUsingThatWord for another way to take an unfamiliar word, invent a meaning, and assume it's the one everybody uses.

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Alice is speaking to Bob about something. In the course of the dialogue, Alice calls Bob eloquent, or valiant, or perhaps "a {{badass}}".badass". Not knowing what a badass is, Bob demands to know if she thinks he has hemorrhoids. This is often, but not always, a case of ComplimentBackfire. See also YouKeepUsingThatWord for another way to take an unfamiliar word, invent a meaning, and assume it's the one everybody uses.
5th Sep '16 10:51:34 AM Celion
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* In Jaroslav Hasek's ''The Good Soldier Schweik'' when Schweik and [[AuthorAvatar Marek]] are stuck in a prison carriage they are bored and Marek mocks the corporal in charge with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Works as expected.

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* In Jaroslav Hasek's ''The Good Soldier Schweik'' ''Literature/TheGoodSoldierSvejk'' when Schweik Švejk and [[AuthorAvatar Marek]] are stuck in a prison carriage they are bored and Marek mocks the corporal in charge with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Works as expected.
20th Aug '16 2:55:16 AM Vir
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** In "Frozen Face-Off" [=SpongeBob=] takes to Sandy using the word "simulacrum" to describe [[ActuallyADoombot Plankton's robotic double]] that they just destroyed.

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** In "Frozen Face-Off" [=SpongeBob=] takes offense to Sandy using the word "simulacrum" to describe [[ActuallyADoombot Plankton's robotic double]] that they just destroyed.
26th Jul '16 8:48:11 AM StFan
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!!Examples

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!!Examples
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[[folder:Comics]]
* In a RunningGag, ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer'' becomes violently enraged whenever someone calls him a "mendicant," even though he has no idea what the word means.[[note]]For those who share Groo's lack of knowledge -- at least in this one isolated situation -- a mendicant is essentially a beggar, especially one of an itinerant religious order (such as some of the Franciscan orders or many Buddhist monks in Southeast Asia).[[/note]]
** In issue #100, Groo learns to read (having been illiterate all his life). Someone with the issue will have to confirm, but he does learn what "mendicant" means.

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\n[[folder:Comics]]\n[[folder:Comedy]]
* George Carlin had one where he talks about how he doesn't like some foods because of the way they sound. In this case, succotash. "What did you call me, you fuck?" "Hey, cool out, cool out. It's lima beans and corn. Cool out."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In a RunningGag, ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer'' becomes violently enraged whenever someone calls him a "mendicant," even though he has no idea what the word means.[[note]]For those who share Groo's lack of knowledge -- at least in this one isolated situation -- a mendicant is essentially a beggar, especially one of an itinerant religious order (such as some of the Franciscan orders or many Buddhist monks in Southeast Asia).[[/note]]
**
[[/note]] In issue #100, Groo learns to read (having been illiterate all his life). Someone with the issue will have to confirm, but life) and he does learn what "mendicant" means.



--> '''Angus:''' Really you don't mind that guy ''[points in a random direction]'' calling you a dim-witted, brutish and overly ignorant ape?
--> '''Big guy:''' ''Did he call me overly?!''
* ''{{Viz}}'':
--> '''Sid the Sexist:''' "Well, I must admit..."
--> '''Big Dave:''' "DIVVUN CAAL ME ''MUSTARD MITT!''" >''*punch*''<
* In ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'', Zodon's [[RestrainingBolt "Barry Ween"]] chip causes him to insult Ed and Dom by referring to Ed as a "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geranium Geranium]]" (note that he was trying to insult him either way, but whatever profanity he was supposed to be saying changed due to the chip). Ed is more confused than insulted.
* ''{{Franchise/Archie Comics}}'': Moose, the typical strong guy with limited intelligence, will confuse words that are unknown to him with words of a completely different meaning.
--> '''Moose:''' "Duhhh hey! Who are you calling an idiom!?"

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--> '''Angus:''' -->'''Angus:''' Really you don't mind that guy ''[points in a random direction]'' calling you a dim-witted, brutish and overly ignorant ape?
-->
ape?\\
'''Big guy:''' ''Did he call me overly?!''
* ''{{Viz}}'':
--> '''Sid
''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'':
-->'''Sid
the Sexist:''' "Well, Well, I must admit..."
-->
\\
'''Big Dave:''' "DIVVUN DIVVUN CAAL ME ''MUSTARD MITT!''" >''*punch*''<
MITT!'' ''[punch]''
* In ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'', ''ComicBook/PS238'', Zodon's [[RestrainingBolt "Barry Ween"]] chip causes him to insult Ed and Dom by referring to Ed as a "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geranium Geranium]]" (note that he was trying to insult him either way, but whatever profanity he was supposed to be saying changed due to the chip). Ed is more confused than insulted.
* ''{{Franchise/Archie Comics}}'': ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Moose, the typical strong guy with limited intelligence, will confuse words that are unknown to him with words of a completely different meaning.
--> '''Moose:''' -->'''Moose:''' "Duhhh hey! Who are you calling an idiom!?"



-->'''Octavia:''' You're a perverted swayback ass!
-->'''SelfInsert main character:''' A perverted ''what?!''

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-->'''Octavia:''' You're a perverted swayback ass!
-->'''SelfInsert
ass!\\
'''SelfInsert
main character:''' A perverted ''what?!''



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[[folder:Film]][[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Inversion: In Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Belle chuckles and tells Gaston that he is "positively primeval". Gaston, having no idea what she meant, takes it as a compliment, and thanks her for it. Though being who and what he is, Gaston would probably consider it a compliment either way.
* In ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'', after Georgette moans about [[IBrokeANail breaking a nail]], Francis mutters "Balderdash!", to which Tito defensively replies "What'd you call my woman, man?!"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]



* In the film of ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', the orphans make pasta puttanesca for [[BigBad Count Olaf]] and his fellow actors. When Klaus announces that they've made "puttanesca," Olaf responds "''What'' did you call me?" (This was likely intended as a BilingualBonus GettingCrapPastTheRadar, since the name "puttanesca" actually ''is'' derived from the Italian word for 'prostitute'.)
* The character of Raymonde in the French film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%B4tel_du_Nord Hôtel du Nord]]'' is mainly famous for indignantly asking her interlocutor « Atmosphère ? Atmosphère ? Est-ce que j'ai une gueule d'atmosphère ? » (''Atmosphere? Atmosphere? Do I look like an atmosphere to you?'')
* ''Theatre/{{Oscar}}''

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* In the film of ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', the orphans make pasta puttanesca for [[BigBad Count Olaf]] and his fellow actors. When Klaus announces that they've made "puttanesca," Olaf responds "''What'' did you call me?" (This was likely intended as a BilingualBonus GettingCrapPastTheRadar, since the name "puttanesca" actually ''is'' derived from the Italian word for 'prostitute'."prostitute".)
* The character of Raymonde in the French film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%B4tel_du_Nord Hôtel du Nord]]'' is mainly famous for indignantly asking her interlocutor « Atmosphère ? Atmosphère ? Est-ce que j'ai une gueule d'atmosphère ? » (''Atmosphere? ("''Atmosphere? Atmosphere? Do I look like an atmosphere to you?'')
you?''")
* ''Theatre/{{Oscar}}'' ''Theatre/{{Oscar}}'':



* In the classic Australian comedy ''Film/TheCastle'', the main character's lawyer is presenting his case in the High Court and the opposing lawyer tells the judge that the precedent just quoted was merely an example of ''obiter dictum''. The main character, highly offended, yells "Was not!" [[GeniusBonus For non-lawyers:]] judges decide cases based on the reasoning used in past decisions. If a reasoning was used to decide a case, judges are much more willing to follow it than if the past judge was imagining what-if scenarios and deciding how things would be decided in that situation. Those what-ifs are obiter dicta. Of course, even if you don't know your law, the reactions of the judge and lawyers are enough for watchers to realise this trope is in play.

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* In the classic Australian comedy ''Film/TheCastle'', the main character's lawyer is presenting his case in the High Court and the opposing lawyer tells the judge that the precedent just quoted was merely an example of ''obiter dictum''. The main character, highly offended, yells "Was not!" [[GeniusBonus For non-lawyers:]] judges decide cases based on the reasoning used in past decisions. If a reasoning was used to decide a case, judges are much more willing to follow it than if the past judge was imagining what-if scenarios and deciding how things would be decided in that situation. Those what-ifs are obiter dicta. Of course, even if you don't know your law, the reactions of the judge and lawyers are enough for watchers to realise realize this trope is in play.



-->"Do not call me a thesaurus!"

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-->"Do -->'''Drax:''' Do not call me a thesaurus!"thesaurus!



-->'''Customer:''' "Okay, well check this out though. First of all you're throwing too many big words at me. Okay now, because I don't understand them I'm gonna take 'em as disrespect."

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-->'''Customer:''' "Okay, Okay, well check this out though. First of all you're throwing too many big words at me. Okay now, because I don't understand them I'm gonna take 'em as disrespect."



** In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', Vimes is told that Nobby is entitled to a coat of arms. He goes back to the Watch House and says "Nobby, you're armigerous!" This is taken by Nobby to mean, while not quite an insult, ''something'' for which he might need "a special shampoo." When one barman is informed that Nobby is a Peer, he assumes it is used in the verb sense rather than the '-of the realm' sense.

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** In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', Vimes is told that Nobby is entitled to a coat of arms. He goes back to the Watch House and says "Nobby, you're armigerous!" This is taken by Nobby to mean, while not quite an insult, ''something'' for which he might need "a special shampoo." When one barman is informed that Nobby is a Peer, he assumes it is used in the verb sense rather than the '-of "-of the realm' realm" sense.



-->"I hate it worse and worse every day!" cried Randolph.\\
"You are like the infant Hannibal," said Winterbourne.\\
"No, I ain't!" Randolph declared, at a venture.

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-->"I -->'''Randolph:''' I hate it worse and worse every day!" cried Randolph.day!\\
'''Winterbourne:''' You are like the infant Hannibal.
\\
"You are like the infant Hannibal," said Winterbourne.\\
"No,
'''Randolph:''' No, I ain't!" Randolph declared, at a venture.ain't!



* In a ''SonicTheHedgehog'' children's novel, ''Literature/SonicTheHedgehogInTheFourthDimension'', an [[ItMakesSenseInContext imaginary dragon creature]] threatens to redo the universe with his allies (the Mythos creatures) and remake it InTheirOwnImage. In the process, he claims he would erase "you [Sonic] and your ''ilk''". Tails responds indignantly with "I'm a ''fox'', not an ''ilk''!" "Ilk" means "kind", as in things of a similar type, and he was threatening to remove all life forms the universe considers normal, or real. This book was made in 1993, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness before Tails was established to be a genius]].

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* In a ''SonicTheHedgehog'' ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' children's novel, ''Literature/SonicTheHedgehogInTheFourthDimension'', an [[ItMakesSenseInContext imaginary dragon creature]] threatens to redo the universe with his allies (the Mythos creatures) and remake it InTheirOwnImage. In the process, he claims he would erase "you [Sonic] and your ''ilk''". Tails responds indignantly with "I'm a ''fox'', not an ''ilk''!" "Ilk" means "kind", as in things of a similar type, and he was threatening to remove all life forms the universe considers normal, or real. This book was made in 1993, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness before Tails was established to be a genius]].



* In ''Literature/{{Dodger}}'' by Creator/TerryPratchett, Mrs Mayhew describes Dodger as an astute young man. He apologises and says his best trousers are in the wash.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', when Vernon Dursley is called a {{Muggle}}, he gets angry and automatically assumes he's being insulted, even though he doesn't know what that means. Of course, the slur being derived from the English word "mug" - "someone who's easy to fool" might have something to do with it.

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* In ''Literature/{{Dodger}}'' by Creator/TerryPratchett, Mrs Mayhew describes Dodger as an astute young man. He apologises apologizes and says his best trousers are in the wash.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', when Vernon Dursley is called a {{Muggle}}, he gets angry and automatically assumes he's being insulted, even though he doesn't know what that means. Of course, the slur being derived from the English word "mug" - -- "someone who's easy to fool" might have something to do with it.



* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/IfThisGoesOn'', Zeb uses does this deliberately, demonstrating that language can be weaponized. Unfortunately, the exact words aren't given, but John's reaction is
--> "''You leave [[YourMom my mother]] out of this!''"\\

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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/IfThisGoesOn'', Zeb uses does this deliberately, demonstrating that language can be weaponized. Unfortunately, the exact words aren't given, but John's reaction is
--> "''You
is:
-->''"You
leave [[YourMom my mother]] out of this!''"\\this!"\\



"But--" I stopped and ran over in my mind the infuriating, insulting, and degrading things he had said -- and, do you know, that is absolutely all they added up to. I grinned sheepishly. "It was the ''way'' you said it."

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"But--" I stopped and ran over in my mind the infuriating, insulting, and degrading things he had said -- and, do you know, that is absolutely all they added up to. I grinned sheepishly. "It was the ''way'' you said it.""''



[[folder:Live Action TV]]

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[[folder:Live Action [[folder:Live-Action TV]]



* On ''Series/GetSmart'', during a HuntingTheMostDangerousGame episode the bad guy called Max a "Homo sapien. " Max replied: "Hey, I'm as normal as the next guy."
** Another ''Get Smart'' example deals with Hymie the Robot, and why he shouldn't date the Chief's niece.

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* On ''Series/GetSmart'', during ''Series/GetSmart'':
** During
a HuntingTheMostDangerousGame episode episode, the bad guy called calls Max a "Homo sapien. " Max replied: "Hey, I'm as normal as the next guy."
** Another ''Get Smart'' example deals with Hymie the Robot, and why he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfXK0d7YHsc shouldn't date the Chief's niece.]]



'''Max:''' What's his religion got to do with it?\\
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfXK0d7YHsc 4:00-4:05]]
** Later on, after Max learns that the Chief's niece has fallen for Hymie:

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'''Max:''' What's his religion got to do with it?\\
it?
** Later on, after Max learns that the
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfXK0d7YHsc 4:00-4:05]]
** Later on, after Max learns that the
com/watch?v=AbinrA9i6bY Chief's niece has fallen for Hymie:Hymie:]]



'''Phoebe:''' Uncle Max, I'm ashamed of you. [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike A person's religion doesn't make any difference.]]\\
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbinrA9i6bY 1:50-2:00]]
* A sketch on ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow'' had a girl asking her friend what 'satiated' meant, and then phoning her boyfriend to apologise for [[NoodleIncident what she had done]] after he had said he was satiated following sex.
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Bad Eggs":
-->'''Giles:''' I suppose there is a sort of...Machiavellian ingenuity to your transgression.\\

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'''Phoebe:''' Uncle Max, I'm ashamed of you. [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike A person's religion doesn't make any difference.]]\\
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbinrA9i6bY 1:50-2:00]]
]]
* A sketch on ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow'' had a girl asking her friend what 'satiated' "satiated" meant, and then phoning her boyfriend to apologise apologize for [[NoodleIncident what she had done]] after he had said he was satiated following sex.
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Bad Eggs":
Eggs". In this case he may have known what the word meant; he was just genuinely unsure if that was a compliment or insult.
-->'''Giles:''' I suppose there is a sort of... Machiavellian ingenuity to your transgression.\\



** In this case he may have known what the word meant; he was just genuinely unsure if that was a compliment or insult.



-->'''Wesley:''' The cross obviously doesn't affect me or our friend, (points to Gunn) the pugilist.\\

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-->'''Wesley:''' The cross obviously doesn't affect me or our friend, (points ''[points to Gunn) Gunn]'' the pugilist.\\



* A variant on ''Series/{{Home Improvement}}'': Randy actually does mean to insult Tim, but not in the way he thinks.

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* A variant on ''Series/{{Home Improvement}}'': ''Series/HomeImprovement'': Randy actually does mean to insult Tim, but not in the way he thinks.



'''Tim:''' (to Jill) Did he just call me a dinosaur?
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', similar to the variant in Home Improvement:
--> '''Leonard''': Okay, I understand your impulse to try to physically intimidate me. I mean, you can’t compete with me on an intellectual level and so you’re driven to animalistic puffery.\\
'''Kurt''': Are you calling me a puffy animal?

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'''Tim:''' (to Jill) ''[to Jill]'' Did he just call me a dinosaur?
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', similar to the variant in Home Improvement:
--> '''Leonard''':
''Home Improvement'':
-->'''Leonard:'''
Okay, I understand your impulse to try to physically intimidate me. I mean, you can’t can't compete with me on an intellectual level and so you’re you're driven to animalistic puffery.\\
'''Kurt''': '''Kurt:''' Are you calling me a puffy animal?



-->'''Ted''': I can't explain it. ... It's ineffable.\\
'''Natalie''': ''(livid)'' ...I'm not [[UnusualEuphemism F-able]]?

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-->'''Ted''': -->'''Ted:''' I can't explain it. ... It's ineffable.\\
'''Natalie''': ''(livid)'' ...'''Natalie:''' ''[livid]'' ...I'm not [[UnusualEuphemism F-able]]?



* In an episode of GilligansIsland, the Howells are scandalized by the Professor's TechnoBabble.
* ''{{Series/Eureka}}'': A RunningGag has Sheriff Carter mistaking terms like "p-brane" as insults to his intelligence.

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* In an episode of GilligansIsland, ''Series/GilligansIsland'', the Howells are scandalized by the Professor's TechnoBabble.
* ''{{Series/Eureka}}'': ''Series/{{Eureka}}'': A RunningGag has Sheriff Carter mistaking terms like "p-brane" as insults to his intelligence.



[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* George Carlin had one where he talks about how he doesn't like some foods because of the way they sound. In this case, succotash. "What did you call me, you fuck?" "Hey, cool out, cool out. It's lima beans and corn. Cool out."

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[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
[[folder:Theater]]
* George Carlin had In ''ThePiratesOfPenzance'', Major-General Stanley asks the pirates "You're not thespians, are you?" Depending on the production, the pirates' reaction to this can be priceless.
* In ''Theatre/YoureAGoodManCharlieBrown'',
one where he talks about how he doesn't like some foods because number has a bunch of the way they sound. In this case, succotash. "What did kids getting in an argument in the middle of singing "Home on the Range". Lucy tells Sally that "[Linus] said -- he said you call me, you fuck?" "Hey, cool out, cool out. It's lima beans were -- an ''enigma''!" This shocks the rest of the kids, and corn. Cool out."Sally spends the rest of the song alternating between being mad and asking "What's an enigma?"



[[folder:Theatre]]
* In ''ThePiratesOfPenzance'', Major-General Stanley asks the pirates "You're not thespians, are you?" Depending on the production, the pirates' reaction to this can be priceless.
* In ''Theatre/YoureAGoodManCharlieBrown'', one number has a bunch of the kids getting in an argument in the middle of singing "Home on the Range". Lucy tells Sally that "[Linus] said -- he said you were -- an ''enigma''!" This shocks the rest of the kids, and Sally spends the rest of the song alternating between being mad and asking "What's an enigma?"

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[[folder:Theatre]]
[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'': has this quote from a Board Guest: "I can't believe the moderators won't do anything! Every time I ask something, people call me a faq!"
* In ''ThePiratesOfPenzance'', Major-General Stanley asks the pirates "You're not thespians, are you?" Depending on the production, the pirates' reaction to this can be priceless.
* In ''Theatre/YoureAGoodManCharlieBrown'',
DS translation of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', after [[spoiler:making him generous through his ancestors]], one number has a bunch of the kids getting Porre Mayor's daughters in an argument in the middle of singing "Home on the Range". Lucy tells Sally that "[Linus] said -- 1000 AD says "Everybody says Daddy's magnanimous, but he said you were -- an ''enigma''!" This shocks the rest of the kids, and Sally spends the rest of the song alternating between being mad and says he's just big-boned."
* In a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''-related example, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U8NZOAy7m4 this video]] involves
asking "What's an enigma?"[[VoxPops random passersby]] what a [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Chocobo Chocobo]] is. At least one person interprets the word as a slur.



[[folder: Video Games]]
* TheNamelessMod has this quote from a Board Guest: "I can't believe the moderators won't do anything! Every time I ask something, people call me a faq!"
* In the DS translation of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', after [[spoiler:making him generous through his ancestors]], one of the Porre Mayor's daughters in 1000 AD says "Everybody says Daddy's magnanimous, but he says he's just big-boned."
* In a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''-related example, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U8NZOAy7m4 this video]] involves asking [[VoxPops random passersby]] what a [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Chocobo Chocobo]] is. At least one person interprets the word as a slur.

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[[folder: Video Games]]
[[folder:Web Comics]]
* TheNamelessMod has this quote from a Board Guest: "I can't believe the moderators won't do anything! Every time I ask something, people call me a faq!"
* In the DS translation of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', after [[spoiler:making him generous through his ancestors]], one of the Porre Mayor's daughters in 1000 AD says "Everybody says Daddy's magnanimous, but he says he's just big-boned."
*
''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': In a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''-related example, CutawayGag, Belkar [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U8NZOAy7m4 this video]] involves asking [[VoxPops random passersby]] what giantitp.com/comics/oots1043.html is seen]] frying steaks to kill a [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Chocobo Chocobo]] is. At least one person interprets vampire, while yelling "no, YOU'RE a homophone!" at the bemused NPC next to him. No word as a slur.on whether he writes slash fic.



[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick: In a CutawayGag, Belkar [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1043.html is seen]] frying steaks to kill a vampire, while yelling "no, YOU'RE a homophone!" at the bemused NPC next to him. No word on whether he writes slash fic. (See section "Other", below.)
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Web Original]]
* In the "Film/{{Beauty and the Beast|1946}}" episode of WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh:

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[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick: In a CutawayGag, Belkar [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1043.html is seen]] frying steaks to kill a vampire, while yelling "no, YOU'RE a homophone!" at the bemused NPC next to him. No word on whether he writes slash fic. (See section "Other", below.)
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Web
[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the "Film/{{Beauty and the Beast|1946}}" episode of WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh:''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'':



--> '''SJWAC''': [[HypocriticalHumor You watch your fucking mouth, we are in FUCKING DISNEYLAND MOTHERFUCKER!]]

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--> '''SJWAC''': -->'''SJWAC:''' [[HypocriticalHumor You watch your fucking mouth, we are in FUCKING DISNEYLAND MOTHERFUCKER!]]



'''Jock:''' What the...I don't even ''know'' what that means! How could I be offended by that?\\

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'''Jock:''' What the... I don't even ''know'' what that means! How could I be offended by that?\\



* [[http://community.livejournal.com/fanficrants/10239164.html "I'm not a homophone!]] I write SlashFic!"
* Similarly, there's a semi-Memetic DemotivationalPoster that features a forum exchange between a former stripper and someone else asking if her being "former" means she'd retired. The former stripper mistakes it for retarded, and HilarityEnsues.
* [[http://notalwaysright.com/a-real-oxymoron/4055 This story]] on Website/NotAlwaysRight, where a cashier uses the word "oxymoron" and a customer thinks the cashier insulted him.



* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Pesto from the "Goodfeathers" cartoons uses something similar to this trope. From their first episode:
-->'''Squit:''' I wanna be a tough bird, like you, Pesto.\\

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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'':
**
Pesto from the "Goodfeathers" cartoons uses something similar to this trope. From their first episode:
-->'''Squit:''' --->'''Squit:''' I wanna be a tough bird, like you, Pesto.\\



'''Pesto:''': '''''DAT'S IT!!!!''''' (He starts to beat up Squit.)
** Also happens with "Rita and Runt". Rita describes Runt's actions as 'chivalric'. Runt apologises.

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'''Pesto:''': '''''DAT'S IT!!!!''''' (He ''[he starts to beat up Squit.)
Squit]''
** Also happens with "Rita and Runt". Rita describes Runt's actions as 'chivalric'. "chivalric". Runt apologises.apologizes.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': After Squidward finds himself accidentally stuck down a deep well with Spongebob and Patrick:
-->'''Squidward:''' Could you not stand so close? You're making me claustrophobic.\\

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
**
After Squidward finds himself accidentally stuck down a deep well with Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick:
-->'''Squidward:''' --->'''Squidward:''' Could you not stand so close? You're making me claustrophobic.\\



'''Spongebob:''' It means he's afraid of Santa Claus.\\

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'''Spongebob:''' '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' It means he's afraid of Santa Claus.\\



'''Patrick:''' Ho, ho, ho! (giggles)\\
'''Spongebob:''' Stop it, Patrick; you're scaring him!\\

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'''Patrick:''' Ho, ho, ho! (giggles)\\
'''Spongebob:'''
[giggles]\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:'''
Stop it, Patrick; you're scaring him!\\



* Inversion: In Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Belle chuckles and tells Gaston that he is "positively primeval". Gaston, having no idea what she meant, takes it as a compliment, and thanks her for it.
** Though being who and what he is, Gaston would probably consider it a compliment either way.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'': In "Bugs & Daffy Get A Job", Dr. Wiseberg tells Daffy he has a deviated septum. Daffy slaps him in the face and declares "There's nothing wrong with my septum! ''(beat)'' What's a septum?".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 The Return of Harmony, Part 1]]", Sweetie Belle calls Scootaloo a dodo. Scootaloo's response? "Don't call me things I don't know the meaning of!" (Though in this particular case, it actually was clearly intended as an insult).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'': In "Bugs & Daffy Get A a Job", Dr. Wiseberg tells Daffy he has a deviated septum. Daffy slaps him in the face and declares "There's nothing wrong with my septum! ''(beat)'' ''[beat]'' What's a septum?".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 The Return of Harmony, Part 1]]", Sweetie Belle calls Scootaloo a dodo. Scootaloo's response? "Don't call me things I don't know the meaning of!" (Though in this particular case, it actually was clearly intended as an insult).insult.)



--> '''Blythe''' ''(to Whittany and Brittany)'': Your rebuttal, ladies?
--> '''Brittany''': Ugh! ''You're'' a butthole, Blythe Baxter!
* In ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'', after Georgette moans about [[IBrokeANail breaking a nail]], Francis mutters "Balderdash!", to which Tito defensively replies "What'd you call my woman, man?!"

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--> '''Blythe''' ''(to -->'''Blythe:''' ''[to Whittany and Brittany)'': Brittany]'' Your rebuttal, ladies?
--> '''Brittany''':
ladies?\\
'''Brittany:'''
Ugh! ''You're'' a butthole, Blythe Baxter!
* In ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'', after Georgette moans about [[IBrokeANail breaking a nail]], Francis mutters "Balderdash!", to which Tito defensively replies "What'd you call my woman, man?!"
Baxter!



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* [[http://community.livejournal.com/fanficrants/10239164.html "I'm not a homophone!]] I write SlashFic!"
* Similarly, there's a semi-Memetic DemotivationalPoster that features a forum exchange between a former stripper and someone else asking if her being "former" means she'd retired. The former stripper mistakes it for retarded, and HilarityEnsues.

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* [[http://community.livejournal.com/fanficrants/10239164.html "I'm not a homophone!]] I write SlashFic!"
* Similarly, there's a semi-Memetic DemotivationalPoster that features a forum exchange between a former stripper and someone else asking if her being "former" means she'd retired. The former stripper mistakes it for retarded, and HilarityEnsues.
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* There've been a number of highly publicized cases where people used the word "niggardly" and were accused of racism by people who assumed it was a racial slur. It really means "cheap" or "stingy", and is, in fact, completely unrelated to the n-word, having been borrowed from the Norse language. On the other hand, there's really no benefit to using "niggardly" instead of "stingy."
* Dallas County, Texas Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield (white) had to explain what a ''black hole'' is when fellow Commissioner John Wiley Price (black) took it as a racial slur, prompting Judge Thomas Jones (also black) to demand that Mayfield apologize for his 'racist' comment.

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* There've been a number of highly publicized cases where people used the word "niggardly" and were accused of racism by people who assumed it was a racial slur. It really means "cheap" or "stingy", and is, in fact, completely unrelated to the n-word, having been borrowed from the Norse language. On the other hand, there's really no benefit to using "niggardly" instead of "stingy."
"stingy".
* Dallas County, Texas Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield (white) had to explain what a ''black hole'' is when fellow Commissioner John Wiley Price (black) took it as a racial slur, prompting Judge Thomas Jones (also black) to demand that Mayfield apologize for his 'racist' "racist" comment.



* [[http://notalwaysright.com/a-real-oxymoron/4055 This]] story on Website/NotAlwaysRight, where a cashier uses the word "oxymoron" and a customer thinks the cashier insulted him.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNyDxo4mb9o This interview]] concludes with the player saying (in German) that he only lost his nerves after his opponent called him "a pardon" - and yes that is a (French derived) German word meaning "sorry" - not all that common nowadays, but still in use and understood by non BookDumb people.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNyDxo4mb9o This interview]] concludes with the player saying (in German) that he only lost his nerves after his opponent called him "a pardon" - -- and yes that is a (French derived) (French-derived) German word meaning "sorry" - -- not all that common nowadays, but still in use and understood by non BookDumb people.
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Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick: In strip 1043, Belkar is seen frying steaks to kill a vampire, and yelling "no, YOU're a homophone!" No word on whether he writes slash fic. (See section "Other", below.)

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* Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick: In strip 1043, a CutawayGag, Belkar [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1043.html is seen seen]] frying steaks to kill a vampire, and while yelling "no, YOU're YOU'RE a homophone!" at the bemused NPC next to him. No word on whether he writes slash fic. (See section "Other", below.)



* There is an anecdote with frequently changing dramatis personae, where a professor or someone gets caught in an exchange of abuse with a fishwife or female pedlar, and finally reduces her to tears by calling her things like "a hypotenause" or "an isoceles triangle!"

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* There is an anecdote with frequently changing dramatis personae, where a professor or someone gets caught in an exchange of abuse with a fishwife or female pedlar, and finally reduces her to tears by calling her things like "a hypotenause" hypotenuse" or "an isoceles isosceles triangle!"
6th Jul '16 10:37:59 AM Tiiba2
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OrderOfTheStick: In strip 1043, Belkar is seen frying steaks to kill a vampire, and yelling "no, YOU're a homophone!" No word on whether he writes slash fic. (See section "Other", below.)

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OrderOfTheStick: Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick: In strip 1043, Belkar is seen frying steaks to kill a vampire, and yelling "no, YOU're a homophone!" No word on whether he writes slash fic. (See section "Other", below.)
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OrderOfTheStick: In strip 1043, Belkar is seen frying steaks to kill a vampire, and yelling "no, YOU're a homophone!" No word on whether he writes slash fic. (See section "Other", below.)
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* There's a variant in "Famigerado", a short story by Brazilian author João Guimarães Rosa. A local bandit goes to a doctor hoping the educated man can explain what means the word in the title (translation: "infamous"), which a cop has described him as. The medic says it's a compliment akin to "notorious", and the guy buys it.
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* An apocryphal story claims that during the 1950 [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Senate]] campaign in Florica, George Smathers delivered what was called the "redneck speech," in which he referred to his opponent, Claude Pepper, as "a shameless extrovert," whose brother was "a known ''Homo sapiens''".

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* An apocryphal story claims that during the 1950 [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Senate]] campaign in Florica, Florida, George Smathers delivered what was called the "redneck speech," in which he referred to his opponent, Claude Pepper, as "a shameless extrovert," whose brother was "a known ''Homo sapiens''".
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