- Sexual harassment
- Race or color
- Religious creed
- National Origin or Ancestry
- Physical disability, Mental Disability, Medical Condition
- Marital or Pregnancy Status
- Sex or Gender
- Sexual Orientation
- Opposition to Unlawful Harassment
The online course did a fine job of helping me identify all these ways in which I should shut my big yapper. Sadly, since taking this course, I've had little to say. What's left? "Hey, coworker. Nice....day! It's a nice
So, I've scrutinized the list, trying to figure out what's left. Where are the loopholes? I think it comes down to these:
As long as I'm not commenting on some aspect of their appearance that is derived from a medical condition, or could be misconstrued as sexual, I'm good here. For example:
"Nice work, baldy!"
"Look out for that ceiling, tall guy! Ha ha!" (Note: this is a zinger!)
"Whoa! You are UGLY!"
As long as they aren't medically ugly, I think that's safe. Phew!
Why this is off the list, I don't know, but apparently it's fair game.
"Wait wait wait! Tell me again how you thought it was a good idea to vote for a crappy action movie star for governor! That NEVER gets old!"
"Your promotion is dependent upon your opinion of abortion."
This is a gold mine.
As long as the stupid person doesn't suffer from a diagnosed disability, this is acceptable territory. I'll be going for the jugular.
"Although I respect your sexual orientation, religion, and opposition to unlawful harassment, YOU ARE ONE STUPID ASSHOLE! YOU'RE LIKE A BLACK HOLE OF SMARTS, SUCKING ALL THE INTELLIGENCE OUT OF THE ROOM!" (I've used this one twice today already!)
No rule against hating somebody.
"I hate you."
See? Sometimes the simple answer is the best one.
The list really goes on. Incompetence, societal standing, odor: these are all acceptable conversational topics. I could probably list many more.
Suddenly, I'm smiling again. Life is good.