Theme: Terms that appear offensive but aren’t
1. queer street
noun: A state of hardship, especially financial hardship.
“Mike Bessey said: You can’t really make a case that UK farmers are on queer street as a whole — on average they are surviving and starting modest investment.”
1. A person who pays excessive attention to petty details.
2. A person who criticizes constantly or repeatedly.
“A niggler might note that every element is at times an eensy bit too perfectly meshed and worked over. Today, I don’t feel like niggling.”
3. tar baby
noun: Something to be avoided: a sticky situation or problem from which it’s almost impossible to extricate oneself.
“The Nixon tar baby clung to Mr. Ford. A month after taking office he pardoned the ex-president, immediately dissipating much of the good will derived from his handling of the White House changeover.”
1. The game of throwing missiles at a target; such a throw.
2. An object of criticism or ridicule.
“Digby Jones: If he wants to take a cockshy at business for electoral reasons that’s understandable. But I don’t want it doing damage to the image of business, particularly in our schools.”
“The rabble of Edinburgh were all out … to hurl their missiles of hate at that sure cock-shy.”
5. niggard (NIG-hurd)
noun: A mean, stingy person.
“It is a niggard’s gift that costs the giver nothing.”