A Slur that Cuts Deep: He's a loser! You're a loser! Among all the hurtful slurs we mindlessly utter this particular one is perhaps the most hurtful and damaging. It needs to be forbidden in our public discourse.
Father Ron Rolheiser's article is tough. I can think of many times I've been hurt. And it wasn't a label; it was the tone.
Oh! You're so Catholic!
Well, you would!
By themselves, these phrases are hurtful but add a deliberately hurtful tone of voice and ...OUCH.