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I always believed ignorant to mean ill-educated or lacking knowledge about something specific, or a general lack of education.I have seen it used so often to mean generally rude that I now doubt myself.(I once worked with a woman who used it to refer to when someone was ignoring her; "I saw her in town and said "hi" but she was ignorant" ie "she ignored me" )
I soooo agree with you, this is one of my pet hates.
I think when people use it in that context it is a shorthand for "she was behaving in a fashion which illustrated her ignorance of the correct and polite way to behave".But I suspect that a lot of people who use it don't realise that that is what they are saying, and it bugs me too.
I team it with 'pig' and use it in its correct form
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