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2009/07/30 11:31:56 (permalink)
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Using the word 'son' to describe people

You often hear people using the word ‘son’ to describe others in threads, things like 'ok son... bla bla', and indeed in real life(TM). It seems to rub people up the wrong way, indeed my reply would always start ‘ok dad… bla bla’. I feel it is one of the classic ‘I am harder than you’ lines that people with something to prove often use. Of course there will be exceptions to this; this may be an acceptable colloquialism for some or a term of humour for others.
If you are a person that says this, why you feel the need to say it?
If you are a person that hates to be on the receiving end of this can you say why you dislike it?
What are your opinions of people who do say it?
 
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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 11:35:41 (permalink)
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    There is a guy in work that calls me boy alot. I want to smash him in the face as he is an arrogant tw8t at the best of times. He does it to make himself feel powerful as he used to be in the army so thinks he is the mutts nuts....I try and let it go over my head nowadays but still find it awfully hard.
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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 11:40:28 (permalink)
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    i find it patronising.

    I dont like being refered to as part of a group of 'lads' either.

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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 11:45:15 (permalink)
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    tubbyman

    i find it patronising.

    I dont like being refered to as part of a group of 'lads' either.


    Like dickhead?

    I find it funny when people younger than myself call me "kid", but it's traditionally how older people talk around here. "Alright ar'kid". It's how they talk, but I try not to speak like that as I'd feel silly.

    Also been called: "chief", "mister", but "boy" is one I don't really like.
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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 11:45:27 (permalink)
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    Cardifflad

    There is a guy in work that calls me boy alot. I want to smash him in the face as he is an arrogant tw8t at the best of times. He does it to make himself feel powerful as he used to be in the army so thinks he is the mutts nuts....I try and let it go over my head nowadays but still find it awfully hard.


    No wonder, thats extremely patronising in the worst kind of 'i think i am harder than you and feel the need to let everyone know' kind of way. Tw@t!
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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 11:45:32 (permalink)
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    Agree with tubbyman.  Being called son or boy offends me.
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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 11:49:04 (permalink)
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    Where i live it's usually lad.....I don't think people mean anything by it,it's the way they talk.

     I do find it patronizing when someone younger than me says it though.

     You usually find women say the same thing when girls younger than them call them love
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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 11:51:09 (permalink)
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    if some young scrote says its or some arrogant person then yeah its meant to depower you.fck em

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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 11:52:11 (permalink)
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    I take it as a sign of someone trying to 'alpha' me, unless they are a good mate, in which case it is fine.
    I usually ignore it and them, or find some weakness of their to focus on until they stop it.

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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 11:55:05 (permalink)
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    Very common back home, I say it a lot wihtout thinking tbh. Honstly don't care how people greet me. 

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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 11:58:23 (permalink)
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    It is most effective when used on people older than you.
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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 11:59:09 (permalink)
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    Cardifflad

    There is a guy in work that calls me boy alot. I want to smash him in the face as he is an arrogant tw8t at the best of times. He does it to make himself feel powerful as he used to be in the army so thinks he is the mutts nuts....I try and let it go over my head nowadays but still find it awfully hard.


    No wonder, thats extremely patronising in the worst kind of 'i think i am harder than you and feel the need to let everyone know' kind of way. Tw@t!


    I think he uses it to make himself feel better as anytime I get anywhere near to him on the football pitch he moves
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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 12:12:01 (permalink)
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    'son' doesn't bother me at all.

    My dad's new misses called me 'Boy' last friday night when i see her drunk out side a pub, it want along the lines of 'Oi Boy, tell ya dad the dog needs feeding' ........ bare in mind i don't live with my dad nor i have i seen him for 5 weeks ! , I simply replied "No problem Hag" and laughed in her face and walked off, silly drunk old bint probably doesn't even remember speaking to me.

    Got a weird bloke at work who likes to call people 'Flower or Darlin (even blokes), always makes me laugh when he calls my mate steve "flower" , he looks like he is boiling with rage !! lol
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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 12:13:34 (permalink)
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    My best mate's grandad calls me 'flower'

    I think he first did it by mistake and now finds it funny to see what my response is.

    flower ffs haha, I'd be happy with son or boy

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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 12:18:09 (permalink)
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    shworth

    My best mate's grandad calls me 'flower'

    I think he first did it by mistake and now finds it funny to see what my response is.

    flower ffs haha, I'd be happy with son or boy


    you should start calling him 'Petal' and see if he likes it !

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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 12:20:26 (permalink)
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    shworth

    My best mate's grandad calls me 'flower'

    I think he first did it by mistake and now finds it funny to see what my response is.

    flower ffs haha, I'd be happy with son or boy


    you should start calling him 'Petal' and see if he likes it !


    He might get the wrong idea.

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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 12:20:34 (permalink)
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    As said, the only time son would offend me would be if someone I didn't know was calling me it to patronise, then we have issues.
     
    Re "boy", I mean common, I'm 38 and nearly 20st, if you call me boy you're asking for a smack in the mouth.
     
    I call people "boy" when I am showing them that I don't regard them as equal and/or a threat, its incredibly patronising.

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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 12:32:25 (permalink)
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    I find "pal" to be a much more covert way of patronising someone, and can be applied to either sex.
     
    "Wee man" to a bigger guy is good also, pretty obvious your intention is to undermine them then though lol.
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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 12:32:56 (permalink)
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    I dislike when older males call me 'Boss' like "alright boss" or "thanks Boss", it makes it worse when  they are with their gf/partner. Well its not that i dislike it, i just feel they are showing me too much repect or dont think much of themselves or something

    I do a lot of push ups and sit ups. And I drink plenty of milk.

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    Re:Using the word 'son' to describe people 2009/07/30 12:34:48 (permalink)
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    I also like when men call other men 'big man' "aaaiiteee big man" and the person they are talking to are normally 5 foot tall and about 120lb

    I do a lot of push ups and sit ups. And I drink plenty of milk.

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