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Is 'chigger' an offensive term?

Asked by elbanditoroso (30233points) 1 week ago

Would it not be better to call them by any of their alternate names?

Trombiculidae (/trɒmbɪˈkjuːlɪdiː/; commonly referred to as chiggers, but also known as berry bugs, harvest mites, red bugs, scrub-itch mites, or aoûtats) are a family of mites.

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Love_my_doggie's avatar

No, “chigger” isn’t an offensive word, and neither is “niggardly” or “niggling.”

Here’s an unfortunate blast from the past: https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/williams/williams020499.htm

cookieman's avatar

I don’t think it’s offensive (just an unfortunate coincidence). That said, I would’ve chosen “berry bugs” given the choice.

Dutchess_III's avatar

No.
Having said that I vote for obnoxious sumbitches.

Dutchess_III's avatar

And don’t forget Tigger, bouncy bouncy fun fun fun fun fun!

Forever_Free's avatar

^^^^
But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers, is I’m the only one!!!

janbb's avatar

@Forever_Free You’ve been holding out on us! Being a Tigger must help you when you play beach volley ball!

Forever_Free's avatar

@janbb It is tough finding good tigger spandex too

Dutchess_III's avatar

You ever run into problem men that hog the ball @Forever_Free, because they think women don’t have what it takes?

janbb's avatar

@Forever_Free You need a hole for the tail. (I’ll just leave that there.)

kritiper's avatar

No. It is a take-off of the word jigger, also not offensive.

seawulf575's avatar

I have heard it used as an insult. Calling someone a chigger is implying they are a worthless, annoying pest.

TJFKAJ's avatar

Why would it be?
Having said that is motherfucker an offensive term?

Forever_Free's avatar

@Dutchess_III All the time!!!! I observed this in soccer and racquetball as well. Wasn’t a fan of teammates that did that. I would call them out or watch the women outplay them and put them in their place.

Forever_Free's avatar

@janbb be careful what you “leave out there” for my tigger tail

Dutchess_III's avatar

I mostly played competitive coed but a friend asked me to join her church group to put this one guy in his place.
I’d call out that I had it and he’d come barging in. I stepped out of his way a couple times (he was much bigger than me) but finally said “No more.”
Next play that was “mine” I called it….and planted. I saw him charging down on me and I turned my shoulder slightly so he’d hit the back of my shoulder, and he sent me flying! Just knocked the hell out of me.
I got back up, turned to him with hands on my hips and said “I called it!!”
He never did it again.

ragingloli's avatar

No more than “Digga”, or “nigero”.

raum's avatar

Umm…isn’t that a bug?

Are you asking if it’s offensive to use to describe a bug? Or are you asking if it’s offensive to use to describe a person?

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