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A question came up in IRC (from a meta user indirectly) asking WTF "pejorative coarse slang" means. Simply wikifying those three terms was enough explanation for that not-totally-fluent English learner. But in the discussion that ensued, a disctinction was made (by me) between "pejorative, coarse, slang" and "pejorative coarse slang". Others thought that such a thing should end up in the category Category:Pejorative coarse slang.

My question is, are the three "tags" each separate attributes of the word, as I have always thought? --Connel MacKenzie 16:58, 23 July 2005 (UTC)

I'd call dunderheaded pejorative but neither coarse nor slang, ape (as in "to go ape") slang but neither pejorative nor coarse, and merkin coarse but neither (intrinsically) pejorative nor slang. Coarser options were available.
Does that answer the question? Hv 22:59, 7 August 2005 (UTC)
Thanks for the response, but that wasn't quite what I was trying to ask about. Rewording the question, should dick be in A) one category or B) in three categories. A being Category: Pejorative coarse slang words, and B being Category: Pejorative words + Category: Coarse words + Category: Slang words. So, A or B? Which is more appropriate for this word? --Connel MacKenzie 03:09, 8 August 2005 (UTC)
Ah, gotcha. I would expect there to be 3 separate categories, and I'd expect dick to be in all 3. Since the combination of the 3 is common there might be merit in a one-category shorthand to express membership of the 3, but I don't see the intersection of the 3 categories as having intrinsic significance beyond the fact that it is such an intersection. Hv 08:26, 8 August 2005 (UTC)


Shouldn't this entry mention that "Dick" is also very commonly used as a shortened version of "Richard"?

No, that should be on the separate page Dick. --EncycloPetey 10:46, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
New related question --    

How did "Dick" ever become the almost universal "nickname" for "Richard"??[edit]

Dick originated as a rhyming nickname for Rick, which is short for Richard. —Stephen 18:42, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

Could male anatomical vulgarism derive from "dickens" ("devil")?[edit]

Boccaccio wrote a story in the Decameron around this idea. Google "put the devil into hell" and "Day 3, Story 10" Admittedly, however, Boccaccio was writing in Italian. Hcunn (talk) 18:38, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

Arabic in colloquial for penis[edit]

It's not أير, it's عير Chaimshalom (talk) 22:51, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 23:18, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

proactive prevention of photoshopped comic being used as source for dick=advice/talk[edit]

It's a bad photoshop job (the K is too big and the FROM is too far away):

here's the original: --Espoo (talk) 08:43, 13 June 2014 (UTC)