One time I was talking with my neighbors who lived on either side. One neighbor used the expression "Jew him down" and then said, "Oh, you're not Jewish, are you?" The other neighbor, who I knew was Jewish, didn't say anything, but left. Neighbor 1 said he didn't mean it as any kind of insult, and in fact he learned it from a Jewish guy. I had a long talk with him about why you don't say stuff like this, even in casual conversation, even when you don't mean it as an insult. He went and apologized to the other neighbor, but I am sure the damage was done. I don't know how he got to be 30 or so without learning this.
Originally Posted by SuZenGuide
I was eighteen before I heard anyone use any variety of Jewish as an insult. I grew up in a predominantly Jewish area, so the idea that anyone would ever do such a thing was completely foreign to me. When I went away to college a woman told me her computer was being Jewish, ie cheap. (Yea, I still feel the need to translate this because it's still completely foreign to me.) I could tell it wasn't a compliment but I had to ask her what she meant. She was immediately embarrassed, but once she fessed up, I explained to her why it wasn't okay, and that I didn't care what she said but she wasn't going to say ish like that to me, not in my room.

Made me really popular, naturally. Whatever, I transferred away from there as quickly as I could.

Sent from my phone, please excuse typos or brevity.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."