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To think calling the group 'Raggamuffins' is wrong?

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PenguinBear Wed 05-Feb-14 17:56:52

A local class aimed at children under 5 has the name 'Raggamuffins'. I don't know IABU or whether I am over reacting and other people are not bothered?

WorraLiberty Wed 05-Feb-14 17:58:01

I'm sorry I can't stop laughing

Why in god's name would this bother you at all?

SantanaLopez Wed 05-Feb-14 17:58:45

Overreacting grin

Ragamuffin is such a cute word.

moogy1a Wed 05-Feb-14 17:58:45

I don't get it?
you're really scraping the barrel of being offended!

EmmaGellerGreen Wed 05-Feb-14 17:58:53

Hmmmmmmm, what is the problem?

picnicbasketcase Wed 05-Feb-14 17:58:56

Does the word have a racist or disablist meaning that I'm not aware of?

Vatta Wed 05-Feb-14 17:58:59

I'm sorry I don't understand what's wrong with that - is ragamuffin offensive?

LaurieFairyCake Wed 05-Feb-14 17:59:07

Eh?

I'm going to guess you think this is racist?

It's not.

HarderToKidnap Wed 05-Feb-14 17:59:08

DH thinks the word ragamuffin is racist. He doesn't know why he thinks this.

DustyBaubles Wed 05-Feb-14 17:59:09

What is it you are objecting to exactly OP?

SaucyJack Wed 05-Feb-14 17:59:53

?

Is this one of those words that actually means summat offensive? Genuine question.

sonlypuppyfat Wed 05-Feb-14 18:00:37

Talk about looking for something to get upset by.

Sweetart Wed 05-Feb-14 18:00:42

It's just a cute word.

Lemongrab Wed 05-Feb-14 18:00:51

What do you find offensive about Ragamuffins?

WorraLiberty Wed 05-Feb-14 18:00:52

Ime is means scruffy/raggy clothed.

Suits my 3 boys down to the ground grin

Lottiedoubtie Wed 05-Feb-14 18:02:44

Can't see the issue OP.

PenguinBear Wed 05-Feb-14 18:03:00

Nothing to do with race as others have suggested!

I always understood a Raggamuffin to be a homeless child/ uncared for and scruffy. Just thought it wasn't appropriate for children.

I am hormonal though and may have over reacted

pigletmania Wed 05-Feb-14 18:03:27

Op get a life and a grip. Is there a grip icon!

thornrose Wed 05-Feb-14 18:03:48

It makes me think of cute little tousle haired children with dirty faces.

WorraLiberty Wed 05-Feb-14 18:04:18

ragamuffin
ˈragəmʌfɪn/Submit
noun
1.
a person, typically a child, in ragged, dirty clothes.
synonyms:urchin, guttersnipe, waif; More
2.
an exponent or follower of ragga, typically one dressing in scruffy clothes.
"ragamuffin style"

WorraLiberty Wed 05-Feb-14 18:04:47

And hormones are no excuse for being offended before Googling grin

Worra is right about the meaning. It certainly isn't racist. It could be seen as implying that the children attending the class are poor or in a low socio-economic group, but even that is a bit tenuous, IMO.

TheDoctorsNewKidneys Wed 05-Feb-14 18:05:45

Serious overreaction OP.

moogy1a Wed 05-Feb-14 18:06:54

It's the same as calling someone a rugrat or ratbag.
You really do need a grip

PenguinBear Wed 05-Feb-14 18:07:21

Does this mean I shouldn't send my strongly worded email to them? hmm

It was typed and everything! sad

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