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Encyclopedia > Taunting

A taunt is a sarcastic remark, challenge, or insult intended to provoke a response of some kind from the one it is directed at. It can be compared to fighting words and trash-talk. Look up expert in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The fighting words doctrine, in United States constitutional law, is a limitation to freedom of speech as granted in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution In its 9-0 decision, Chaplinsky v. ... Trash-talk is form of boast or insult that is common in sports and other competitions. ...



The act of taunting can be learned by observation and improvisation. It usually follows linear thought, correlating or building in some manner to the target of taunting. Things such as the victim's appearance, intelligence, mannerisms, education, background, past offenses, etc. can otherwise be insulted. When used in this manner, the effectiveness of a taunt at provoking a response varies depending on how the specific insult relates to its victim (or their sense of self), to what level of offense they regard the taunt, and how well the victim can control their emotions when responding. eGO is a company that builds electric motor scooters which are becoming popular for urban transportation and vacation use. ...


Taunts are also a genre of Folklore. Folklore is the body of verbal expressive culture, including tales, legends, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs current among a particular population, comprising the oral tradition of that culture, subculture, or group. ...

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History

Taunting has likely been around since the dawn of time, as early Humans were highly competitive and lacked good sportsmanship. Those unable to hunt food properly were taunted merclessly and were unable to mate, therefore taunting was an aid to survival of the fittest. Later on taunting would be used by people of all professions and cultures to denigrate those of inferior ability, though it could also be used in a friendly way. This is known by such names as the dozens, verbal dueling/sparring, and can be compared with freestyle rapping. Human beings are defined variously in biological, spiritual, and cultural terms, or in combinations thereof. ... Competition is the act of striving against another force for the purpose of achieving dominance or attaining a reward or goal, or out of a biological imperative such as survival. ... Elephants Mating Tortoises mating Sevenspotted Lady Beetle mating In biology, mating is the pairing of opposite-sex or hermaphroditic internal fertilization animals for copulation and insemination and, in social animals, also to raise their offspring. ... Herbert Spencer coined the phrase survival of the fittest Survival of the fittest is a phrase which is a shorthand for a concept relating to competition for survival or predominance. ... The dozens is an African American oral tradition in which two acquaintances go head to head in a contest of often good-natured, ribald trash-talk. They take turns insulting; burning, cracking, ranking, sparking, janking, snapping, checking, or riding — on one another, their adversarys mother, or other family member... Broadly conceived, linguistics is the study of human language, and a linguist is someone who engages in this study. ... For an account of the Steven Spielberg film, see Duel (movie). ... Sparring is a form of training common to many martial arts. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and make it easier to understand, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Examples

  • "Girls go to college to get more knowledge, boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider."
  • "Liar, liar, pants on fire!"
  • "In Your Face!"
  • "Your Mom!"
  • "Up Yours!"
  • "Crapface!"
  • "You facetious cad!"
  • "You are a White-hot grease fire of ignorance!"

Gestures

Certain movements of ones body, are, in many cultures interpereted as a taunt. These can be expressed through the eyes, hands, fingers, head and other areas of the body. Closeup of a blue-green human eye. ... A human hand typically has four fingers and a thumb. ... Fingers of the human left hand The finger is any of the digits of the hand in humans and other species such as the great apes. ... A human head In anatomy, the head of an animal is the anterior part (from anatomical position) that usually comprises the brain, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth (all of which aid in various sensory functions, such as sight, hearing, smell, and taste). ...


For further Information on Gestures see: Gesture. Military signalmen use hand and body gestures to direct flight operations aboard aircraft carriers. ...

  • Loser Gesture

The "Loser" Gesture is prevalent in modern society. This gesture is performed by raising the index finger and thumb of your right hand perpendicular to each other so that they form the letter "L". It is then placed onto one's forehead. It signifies that the person that this gesture is directed to is a loser. Look up loser in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In human anatomy, the thumb is the first digit on a hand. ... Perpendicular is a geometric term that may be used as a noun or adjective. ... In human anatomy, the forehead or brow is the bony part of the head above the eyes. ...

The Wanker gesture
The Wanker gesture
"The finger" is a very common offensive hand gesture.
"The finger" is a very common offensive hand gesture.
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Albert Einstein demonstrating how to stick one's tongue out.
  • Wanker Gesture

The "Wanker" Gesture is made with a loose fist (with all fingers forming a cylindrical shape) is made, and shaken up and down (or sometimes, back and forth) at the wrist. fingers_and_thumb_in_circle_downward_motion File links The following pages link to this file: Gesture Categories: GFDL images ... fingers_and_thumb_in_circle_downward_motion File links The following pages link to this file: Gesture Categories: GFDL images ... Image File history File links Bush_finger. ... Image File history File links Bush_finger. ... Look up wanker in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

  • "The Finger" Gesture

The "Finger" Gesture is a gesture consisting of a fist with the middle finger extended. It is universally understood as "fuck you" due to its resemblance to the penis. It is certainly thousands of years old, being referred to in Ancient Roman literature as the digitus infamis or digitus impudicus. Performing this gesture is also called "flipping the bird" in countries where "the finger" is used. In other regions, "flipping the bird" refers to the raising of the middle and index finger with the back of the hand directed at the recipient. It can also mean "Victor" (see V Sign, below) in some countries, which is not to be mistaken for the "Peace" gesture, which is done with the palm facing the recipient of the gesture, but in Britain and some other countries it is an offensive gesture, equivalent to "the finger". Fuck you is a very strong and profane phrase in the English language. ...

Further information: Finger (gesture)
  • Clenched fist

A raised, clenched fist is used as a gesture of defiance by a number of groups. It is usually considered to be hostile, yet without any sexual, scatological, or notionally offensive connotations. The finger is a very common offensive hand gesture. ...

  • The Cutthroat Gesture

The "Cutthroat" Gesture is performed by drawing the hand, or a finger or two, across the throat. It represents slitting the throat with a knife, and means that the gesturer or someone else is metaphorically being killed. It is rarely if ever used literally to refer to death, though it is occasionally used as a theatrical threat ("I'm going to kill you"). Cutthroat is a three-player billiards game, played on a pool table using cue sticks. ...

  • The Tongue

Often sticking one's tongue out at another is seen as mocking the other. It can also be wagged in a manner suggesting cunnilingus when directed at a female. This adds sexual connotation and is seen as highly vulgar. Tongue The tongue is the large bundle of muscles on the floor of the mouth that manipulates food for chewing and swallowing. ... Oral sex consists of all the sexual activities that involve the use of the mouth, tongue, etc. ... The term vulgar originally meant of the common people, from the Latin vulgus. ...


In popular culture

In Monty Python's Monty Python and the Holy Grail the French Knight taunts King Arthur and his companions. Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on October 5, 1969. ... Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a comedy film from 1975. ... King Arthur is an important figure in the mythology of Great Britain, where he appears as the ideal of kingship in both war and peace. ...


Video games

Some video games feature the ability to taunt an opponent, whether the AI-controlled opponents of a single-player game, or real opponents seen in multiplayer. In the single-player context, a "taunt" command is used to draw the opponents' attention to the player's character; on the other hand, in a multiplayer context, a "taunt" command is essentially a virtual incarnation of a verbal taunt. This article is about computer and video games. ...


In games not featuring a dedicated "taunt" command, players have devised other ways, within the controls of the game, to taunt or harass opponents of other skill levels. In a racing game, for example, a player far in the lead might come to a stop before the finish line to watch their competitors to catch up, only to accelerate again and take the checkered flag when the opponents draw near; whereas multiplayer FPS games have given rise to the practice of corpse humping, which involves the "crouch" command present in a typical FPS's control scheme. It has been suggested that Doom clone be merged into this article or section. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


See also

The fighting words doctrine, in United States constitutional law, is a limitation to freedom of speech as granted in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution In its 9-0 decision, Chaplinsky v. ... An insult is a statement or action which affronts or demeans someone. ... Trash-talk is form of boast or insult that is common in sports and other competitions. ... The dozens is an African American oral tradition in which two acquaintances go head to head in a contest of often good-natured, ribald trash-talk. They take turns insulting; burning, cracking, ranking, sparking, janking, snapping, checking, or riding — on one another, their adversarys mother, or other family member...

External links

Draznilkas -- plural of Russian "draznilka" http://www.virginia.edu/slavic/seefa/DRAZNILK.HTM The dozens The dozens is an African American oral tradition in which two acquaintances go head to head in a contest of often good-natured, ribald trash-talk. They take turns insulting; burning, cracking, ranking, sparking, janking, snapping, checking, or riding — on one another, their adversarys mother, or other family member...


 
 

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