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Which do you find more offensive, racist, sexist or sexual jokes?

a) racist - A black Jewish boy runs home from school one day and asks his father, "Daddy, am I more Jewish or more black?" The dad replies, "Why do you want to know, son?" "Because a kid at school is selling a bike for $50 and I want to know if I should talk him down to $40 or just steal it!"

b) Sexist - How do you know when a woman is about to say something intelligent? When she starts her sentence with, "A man once told me..."

c) Sexual - What's the difference between anal and oral sex?
Oral sex makes your day. Anal makes your hole weak.

4None of them
0All of them

posted 28-Sep-2016 7:49am  
None of them.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 28-Sep-2016 8:10am  
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 28-Sep-2016 12:02pm  
I don't find any of these particularly offensive. I think the sexual one is the least funny of them, though.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to bill) posted 28-Sep-2016 12:11pm  
I read that as saying that when you are comparing two things, you use more/-er, because most/-est applies only to comparing three or more things. It doesn't mean that more/-er can't also be used with three or more things. You can say "Bill is a better survey creator [or: a more talented survey creator] than Enheduanna and FordGuy." If they're attempting to say, prescriptively, that you can only use more/-er with two and most/-est with three+, that strikes me as ridiculous. I might even say it's the *most* ridiculous rule I've ever heard, and it's *more* ridiculous than saying you can't split an infinitive or end a sentence with a preposition.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 28-Sep-2016 1:16pm  
Grammar Girl weighs in on the topic
She seems to say that the rule is: "superlatives are for more than two things" but that it can sound funny, so it's OK to use the superlative even if it's technically wrong.

In this specific case, "Which do you find most offensive: racist, sexist or sexual jokes?" seems more correct to me and also doesn't sound funny.

I'm really no expect when it comes to English grammar & spelling. I'm sure your instincts are best than mine.
posted 28-Sep-2016 3:08pm  
I'm not big on jokes of any kind.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to bill) posted 29-Sep-2016 12:19pm  
I guess if you think of the question as "Which of these three things is most offensive?" there's no ambiguity, whereas "Which of these three things is more offensive?" leaves open the question, "More offensive than what?" But if you read it as "Which one of these three things is more offensive than the other two," then "more" works fine. This seems like a case where there's a certain prescriptive logic, but common usage allows for alternatives.
posted 30-Sep-2016 10:10am  
Not fond of tainted jokes...
posted 30-Sep-2016 5:58pm  
I'm not offended by any of them, but that doesn't mean I find them amusing.

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