Odds and Ends
White on white hate crime
5 11, 11:21pm
No, but the value society puts on the object the word names gives the word a connotation - a certain value.
Or put differently - the name for things society value less are also seen as a derogatory term, while the name for things society value more is seen as a positive term.
Compare for instance calling a football player a "Golden boy" - gold it valued highly, so he's obviously in some way praised by this comment.
Or call him a "Shit player" and you know that's not considered praise - right?
So calling a person "dog" or in any way likening a person to a dog will be a different statement in different societies, based on the value that society places on dogs.