Is it offensive to call little people 'midgets'?

Is it?


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Most Helpful Girl

  • I would certainly hope someone never called a person with dwarfism, midget. It's so crass and outdated.

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Most Helpful Guy

  • It's not at all offensive. In fact, they love to be abused by tall people, though most aren't keen on being picked up and tossed.

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What Girls Said 13

  • I think it is!

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  • Yes I think it is... Although I'm not sure if tall people get offended when we call them giants? I don't know, I'm in the middle so I don't have to worry about it lol :p

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  • My dad and I call little kids midgets.

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  • I think yes, you can just say that they are short.
    However, if you are joking with a friend and call him/her a midget (I do this to my 5' friend and we just start to laugh 😂✌) and he/she isn't offended, then it's not offensive. 😄

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  • Call my little friends midgets and you'd get slapped so fast 😂😂

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  • Well yeah..

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  • No I don't. It's just another name. It's the word I grew up using for them as that's what everyone else around me called them.

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  • Yes it is. Because many shorties are often insecure about their height and then people call them midgets and then they become depressed.

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  • Yes, name calling is just isn't nice.

    This is why even if it's a close one, you should ask them if your jokes or whatever is offending them or making them feel uneasy.

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    • Well how do you know whats name calling and what isn't?

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    • a little person wouldn't be offended by any of that huh?

    • I meant nicknames are name calling.

      Some may sound not harmful at all but we are not inside the perspn's head so we can't tell for sure if they will be offended by it or not.

      So it's best to ask them.

  • I think it probably is unless you know them really well and know they don't care

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  • Probably. Guess it depends on the person, but it seems people will do it anyways.

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  • More offensive to call them "little people" I'd say..

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    • What else do you call them? Dwarfs? Lol

    • I literally have no idea.. I don't it matters much though, Tyrion Lannister made dwarfs hot af

  • I don't know ask a midget

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What Guys Said 16

  • When I was younger, calling a low-to-the-ground person a "midget" was not an offensive slur; it is simply what we called them. The essence of a slur is not the word that is used but the intent behind the word.

    The essence of political correctness is to act offended about something and insist that the rest of the world change to accommodate your sensitivities and, when you have successfully accomplished that task, you have increased your apparent power. The "offense taken" is just a ploy for power gain.

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  • If you're PC you don't do that.

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  • it is indeed insulting to most. IDGAF though

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  • What the hell are you talking about you fucking midget

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  • I wouldn't call them that, I'd feel offended

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  • Who cares, wut they gonna do about it? hahahahahahahahaa

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  • No. But all those little shit kids r midgets xD

    I don't really call them little people either.

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  • I would call a short guy little man
    A short girl fun size

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  • Probably, but I still say it.

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  • I just call them something they can live with like Mr. Big or something.

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  • @tony72722 manlets, when will they learn

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  • No. It is not.

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  • Midgets is what they called the little people in circuses. So now it's an offensive term.

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  • It is but I like the word.

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  • The question should be "is it cordial to call people 'midgets'?"

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  • Yes they never liked that term , only little people is acceptable

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