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29th Mar '17 7:01:45 PM AdamC
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** "[[BugWar Buggers]]" was retconned into this. In the later books (starting with ''Literature/EndersShadow'') we learn that they're officially called "Formics"--likely because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids the series became more popular among pre-teens than Card expected]], and he wanted to avoid gratuitous profanity (he even replaces all uses of "Bugger" with "Formic" in the 2008 graphic novel adaptation). Note that while considered a swear on Earth after the first and second invasions, "buggers" doesn't really mean much to the aliens, who at that point are still figuring out the concept of sapience outside of a hive mind, have little to no real contact with the humans, and never really grok the concept of language even after human-Formic relations are a little more regular.

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** "[[BugWar Buggers]]" was retconned into this. In the later books (starting with ''Literature/EndersShadow'') we learn that they're officially called "Formics"--likely because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids the series became more popular among pre-teens than Card expected]], and he wanted to avoid gratuitous profanity (he even replaces all uses of "Bugger" with "Formic" in the 2008 graphic novel adaptation). Note that while considered a swear on Earth after the first and second invasions, "buggers" doesn't really mean much to the aliens, who at that point are still figuring out the concept of sapience outside of a hive mind, have little to no real contact with the humans, and never really grok the concept of language even after human-Formic relations are a little more regular. Rather than being used to insult Formics in an immediate social setting, its use as a slur is more like an insulting nickname for an enemy of war, similar to how Americans would call Vietnamese soldiers "Charlie" during the Vietnam war.
28th Mar '17 6:28:32 AM Divra
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** Camarilla-affiliated vampires tend to refer to low-level Sabbat goons as "shovelheads". The Sabbat likes to make shock troops by hitting random people in the head (stereotypically with a shovel), turn them and bury them alive, leaving them with an utterly dehumanized super-powered expendable goon, who can be pointed in the right direction and trusted to cause havoc. The slur manages to insinuate that the subject is unworthy, expendable, stupid, clueless and careless all at once.

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** Camarilla-affiliated vampires tend to refer to low-level Sabbat goons as "shovelheads". The Sabbat likes to make shock troops by hitting random people in the head (stereotypically with a shovel), turn turning them and bury burying them alive, alive. This process inevitably breaks the psyche of the person in question, leaving them with as an utterly dehumanized dehumanized, completely expendable, super-powered expendable goon, who can be pointed in the right direction and trusted to cause havoc. The slur manages to insinuate that the subject is unworthy, expendable, stupid, clueless and careless all at once.
26th Mar '17 7:54:33 PM Divra
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** Camarilla-affiliated vampires tend to refer to low-level Sabbat goons as "shovelheads". The Sabbat likes to make shock troops by hitting random people in the head (stereotypically with a shovel), turn them and bury them alive, leaving them with an utterly dehumanized super-powered expendable goon, who can be pointed in the right direction and trusted to cause havoc. The slur manages to insinuate that the subject is unworthy, expendable, stupid, clueless and careless all at once.
22nd Mar '17 7:14:41 PM TudorRose
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* In Creator/RobinJarvis' ''[[Literature/DeptfordMice Deptford Histories]]'' book ''The Oaken Throne'', the bats refer to the squirrels contemptuously as "tree worshippers" or "tree rats".
12th Mar '17 7:58:42 PM Blazer
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* In the ''Website/GoAnimate'' community, there's "bad user", "opinion disrespector" and "baby show lover", commonly used in videos where a certain person is punished in their video.
16th Feb '17 3:33:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'' older robots models are called "outmodes".
* It's apparently common for three horns in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' to call long necks 'flatheads'. [[InnocentBigot Petrie did use the term first not meaning to be insulting]]. However, Cera was not back with the group to hear him at that time, though she uses the term on her own after running into them. "My father told me that flatheads have very small brains!"
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' has [[KnightTemplarParent King]] [[NobleBigot Triton]] referring to humans as "Fish-Eaters" since the fish are sentient.
* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', apparently the word "cute" functions as this to some degree for rabbits, and the use of it seems to function similarly to the n-word for humans: bunnies can call other bunnies cute, but it is considered offensive when other animals do so. The term "dumb bunny" is also generally more offensive than the word "cute".
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'' older robots models are called "outmodes".



* It's apparently common for three horns in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' to call long necks 'flatheads'. [[InnocentBigot Petrie did use the term first not meaning to be insulting]]. However, Cera was not back with the group to hear him at that time, though she uses the term on her own after running into them. "My father told me that flatheads have very small brains!"
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' has [[KnightTemplarParent King]] [[NobleBigot Triton]] referring to humans as "Fish-Eaters" since the fish are sentient.
* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', apparently the word "cute" functions as this to some degree for rabbits, and the use of it seems to function similarly to the n-word for humans: bunnies can call other bunnies cute, but it is considered offensive when other animals do so. The term "dumb bunny" is also generally more offensive than the word "cute".
16th Feb '17 3:32:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[TheHunter Rashel]] refers to vampires as "leeches" and werewolves as "puppies" in ''[[Literature/NightWorld The Chosen]]''.

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* [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters Rashel]] refers to vampires as "leeches" and werewolves as "puppies" in ''[[Literature/NightWorld The Chosen]]''.
15th Feb '17 1:06:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' has "Chiggers" or "Chigs" for the [[BugWar insectoid enemy species]] and "Nipplenecks" or "Tanks" for the In Vitros. (ArtificialHumans). In one episode, a Silicate informs one of the human characters that the Chig nickname for humans is similarly unflattering (meaning something along the lines of "red, stinking things"), but is hard to pronounce.

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* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' has "Chiggers" or "Chigs" for the [[BugWar insectoid enemy species]] and "Nipplenecks" or "Tanks" for the In Vitros. (ArtificialHumans). In one episode, a Silicate informs one of the human characters that the Chig nickname for humans is similarly unflattering (meaning something along the lines of "red, stinking things"), but is hard to pronounce.
10th Feb '17 7:27:52 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', the Nomatsi people are called Matsis by those who despise them, and while the exact meaning is unclear, Safi is extremely agitated when her Nomatsi friend is referred to like this.
29th Jan '17 11:49:55 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** Ethereals call most playable races "fleshlings", even the ones they ''like''.
** are bug-like humanoids who really don't like the other races of Aseroth, calling them "filth" most of the time; they use the slur when dealing with the player even when your Reputation with them is Friendly. (When you reach Honored, they show a little more courtesy.)
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