Ever since SueW's post I have to admit to a period on introspection and I've been wondering about the whole thing of sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
With that in mind I got round to the Terry/Ferdinand spat, and it did make me wonder whether we are all in fact going a bit potty or if indeed the careless or thoughtless use of language is in fact indicative of underlying "ism's" of one sort or another.
So for example in the JT case is the fact that he is alleged to have called Ferdinand a Black C**t in fact indicative of being a racist or just of being a bit of a thick twunt with a limited vocabulary. Is it actually racist to use the word black in that way?
Wheres the line? There is an argument that its what the recipient perceives, but if a misunderstood comment is going to get you in court, then flipping heck, we're all in trouble aren't we?