A question of semantics

(7 Posts)
LunchpackOfNotreDame Sun 20-Sep-15 18:35:52

Aibu To think If you say to someone 'stop acting like a drunken arse' you're not attack them as a person you are in fact challenging their behaviour as a pisshead?

Apparently I've launched a personal attack by using the above sentence

Euphemia Sun 20-Sep-15 18:45:45

If they were drunk they'll have taken it personally.

LeaveMyWingsBehindMe Sun 20-Sep-15 18:48:08

Well if you needed to say it (and it wasn't just a good natured, light-hearted quip) then you were probably justified and they probably are a drunken arse. Or at least a complete arse when drunk.

Instead of getting angry with you for saying it they might want to think about why you needed to say it.

KurriKurri Sun 20-Sep-15 19:12:23

You tried to debate semantics with a drunken arse?

You were crazy acting like a crazy person.

Booboostwo Sun 20-Sep-15 19:26:38

If you said 'stop acting like a drunken arse' you were criticising the behaviour, if you said 'Stop acting as a drunken arse' you were criticising the person.

LeaveMyWingsBehindMe Sun 20-Sep-15 19:28:52

There's a technical answer for you. Was the person in question sober enough to remember exactly which one of those two you said? grin

borisgudanov Sun 20-Sep-15 20:18:00

YABU to try to stop a drunken arse from acting like a drunken arse.

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