Talk:Epithet

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Unnecessarily offensive examples[edit]

Though wikipedia is not supposed to be censored for minors, the content the author inserted here is very unnecessary.

Quote: "In contemporary usage, an epithet often is an abusive or defamatory phrase. "Jew-lover", "pinko commie", "Bible-thumper", "cock-sucker", "wank-merchant", "tit-man" mother fucker and "nigger"..."

The inclusion of such language is completely unnecessary, and instead of being informative, leads one to believe such terms could possibly reflect the opinion of the author. --Greenday121 17:51, 25 September 2005 (UTC)

  • Agreed. Removed the examples and the boilerplate. There was a comment in the raw source: epithet quote from Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's The Rivals is needed here; I left that in, and copy it here. Sietse 14:56, 28 September 2005 (UTC)

Heading[edit]

I am confused by the section heading "Mortals". It is clearly wrong, but I can't work out what it is meant to be. Demogorgon's Soup-taster 10:53, 7 February 2006 (UTC)

  • It's rather self-evident: the previous section is about religious epithets for divinities and saints (deceased), this one about those who still have to die: mortals! Still, if you find it confusing, feel free to make a suggestion; profane sounds to pejorative for my taste Fastifex 11:12, 7 February 2006 (UTC)

Biology[edit]

"However, in zoological nomenclature there is no such term as an "epithet"." - strictly speaking no, but the term is also applied there wor simple want of a proper one, or am I mistaken? Dysmorodrepanis 15:21, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

Examples[edit]

I've replaced Suleiman as the second half of the example of double usage of the epithet great. I've never heard of him except as "the Magnificent" and, indeed, the Wikipedia article never mentions him as "the Great". Czrisher 12:30, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

Allah[edit]

Would the Koranic phrase "God, the Merciful, the All-Compassionate" count as incorporating an epithet? Rhinoracer (talk) 16:11, 14 December 2007 (UTC)