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  •  Verbal argument isn't really violence. (4+ / 0-)

    For some people it can make them very uncomfortable, but nobody's physical safety is compromised by it.

    •  True, but words as triggers can cause harm. (0+ / 0-)

      Mental and emotional.

      And those types of events can do damage that's very hard to assess.

      ...so, it's good to be aware of potential triggers, and give warnings if conversation/dialogue might require the use of terms or descriptions in a context that could provoke a strong reaction.

      Of course, simply pissing people off doesn't count, in general (said the guy with the bird avatar that has "professional irritant" on his business card), but even that can sometimes be parlayed into something far worse, and far more sinister...

      Words can be effective weapons.

      •  I certainly understand the emotional pain (2+ / 0-)
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        GreyHawk, gramofsam1

        that words can inflict. I was commenting in the context of appropriate references for political debate. Mob violence seems to strongly connote physical violence and property damage.

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