Sometimes you get to talking to someone who is just a bigot. However, calling people such a word is a notorious faux pas; however, if you could detail the bigots specific sins instead it is more acceptable, even heroic depending on the level of intolerance. Thankfully, the English language has a plethora of words that can fit all the most irksome antagonists. Be sure to add these words to your lexicon for the next time your frenemy/debate buddy/quirky grandparent/ Queen of England get under you skin:
Chauvinist– one who has an attitude of superior towards members of the opposite sex. Generally this word describes guys looking to score and have forgotten their manners. However, recently I have also seem chauvinist emerge as a synonym for the feminists who are most critical of patriarchy. Ironic.
Xenophobe – one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin. These people generally desire to suppress or turn away other people from other nations. Anyone with anti-immigrant bumper stickers is asking to be called a xenophobe; often these generally nice individuals have logic gaps that cannot be explained. Be courteous with those bigots of this sort, they often don’t know how unacceptable their manners or. Or they have a gun. Regardless, maintain your etiquette.
Jingoist – extreme nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy. Similar to xenophobes, Jingoists prefer to elevate their own nation rather than putting down or excluding other nationalities. Europeans everywhere has been completely riddled with this pandemic.
Homophobe – one who has an irrational fear of, or aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality. Only in the last decade or so has LGBT rights been a hot-button issue; with the rise of homosexuality in culture and in legal stature homophobes keep coming out of the closet. More often the word homophobe should be used to shoot down distasteful jokers and overly religious zealots.
Supremacist – an advocate or adherent of group supremacy, highest in degree or quality. A broad word, attaching adjectives to Supremacist tailors this evolution of bigot to any situation. White Supremacist and Aryan Supremacist or two common examples. The word supremacist has been loosely linked Nazism, so beware skinheads!
Racist– a believe that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. This word generally describes those who favor one skin complexion over another. They are around the world, generally using the darkness of skins to justify genocide or systematic isolation. While in America segregation has ended, the noxious odors of racism still exist along constricting class lines.
Dogmatist – characterized by or given to the expression of opinions very strongly or positively as if they were facts. While dogmatists usually have good intentions they tend to bend facts and figures while openly ignoring any critical flaws in their theories. These people are not always bigots, but they do often shut down other commentors ideas on baseless grounds. Of all the words, this one is arguably the nicest because it is not always a faux pas.
Use these terms with care; sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can send you to therapy for thirty years. However, if some intolerant fool crosses your path, spill social dribble everywhere, strike him down with whatever word fits best. Expected results are sulking, stunned-silenece, and the bigots taking a hard look at their outdated opinions. Be being forced to confront their reality they might change who they are. And if worse comes to worse, you can always use the B-word to stop them in their tracks:
Bigot – one stubbornly or intolerantly adherent to his or her own opinions and prejudices. Wide sweeping and social damning, this word is the atomic bomb of the heated conversation. Careful how you use it, the fallout could be cold shoulders for weeks. Of course, if you need to use the word than the cold shoulders are a blessing in disguise