Originally Posted by Phobia
Well, herein lies the confusion. The rule of thumb doesn't have anything to do with "in public" and it's not a standard or even in our FAQ. It's a general guideline under which you'll have virtually zero problems here if you follow it.
The guideline is, "If you can't stand on top of a table at a bar and say it, then don't say it here". My challenge to use vailpass's statement on the street doesn't have anything to do with this guideline. I don't think a smart person is going to call a Latino "greaseball" on the street.
The problem here is that you are scrutinizing a rule that doesn't actually exist. It's just something that has been said for 12 years on this site to simplify things. Most people just nod in agreement and understand. It's only the obtuse idiots who debate politics every day who try to over-analyze a general rule of thumb.
I'm relatively sure that if I stood on a bar table and called a bunch of heterosexual men "bitches," I wouldn't have a very nice rest of the day.
What's the difference?
I think the young people enjoy it when I "get down," verbally, don't you?