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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


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

a person, typically a child, in ragged, dirty clothes.
synonyms:urchin, guttersnipe, waif; More
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

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Wed 05-Feb-14 18:05:02

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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