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    'Yaar' is widely used for friend and companion in Persian. In our text books Hazrat Abu Bakar is referred as Yaar e Ghaar (being companion of the Prophet in cave of Saur on their way from Makkah to Medina).

    This word 'Yaar' has become derogatory and was considered very bad if used by a person from different gender for a person from other gender. Now I see young girls referring their male class fellows / colleagues again with this word 'yaar'


    How do you see this changing status of words? Share some other words, which become derogatory in different contexts or when translated in different languages?
    We should care for each other more than we care for ideas, or else we will end up killing each other.

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    Re: Derogatory and slang words

    Apart from some scenes in Indian movies of the 80s and 90s I have never heard anyone use the word 'Yaar' in a derogatory manner.
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      #3
      Re: Derogatory and slang words

      Originally posted by Umer View Post
      Apart from some scenes in Indian movies of the 80s and 90s I have never heard anyone use the word 'Yaar' in a derogatory manner.
      I think girls were taught not to call their female friends as yaar in many families back in 90s
      We should care for each other more than we care for ideas, or else we will end up killing each other.

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        Re: Derogatory and slang words

        Another word that become derogatory is 'Bachi'.
        We should care for each other more than we care for ideas, or else we will end up killing each other.

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          Re: Derogatory and slang words

          I don't see anything wrong with yaar word,If you are using it for friends,not for strangers thou.

          Bachi means small little girls,no?
          Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala,Bura Naa Milya Ko'ee
          Jo Maan Khoja Apnaa,Tou Mujhse Bura Naa Ko'ee

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            #6
            Re: Derogatory and slang words

            Originally posted by Kinzz View Post
            I don't see anything wrong with yaar word,If you are using it for friends,not for strangers thou.

            Bachi means small little girls,no?
            Now the situation with yaar is changed, but still there are people who avoid using this for people from different genders.

            Bachi is not just small little girl. In Karachi uski bachi is taken as = uski girl friend
            We should care for each other more than we care for ideas, or else we will end up killing each other.

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              #7
              Re: Derogatory and slang words

              yaar is commonly used among friends in marathi language

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                #8
                Re: Derogatory and slang words

                Originally posted by ninja hattori View Post
                yaar is commonly used among friends in marathi language
                But no one would like to say by referring a guy ke 'ye meri...... ka yaar hai'. No?
                We should care for each other more than we care for ideas, or else we will end up killing each other.

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                  Re: Derogatory and slang words

                  Originally posted by muqawwee123 View Post
                  But no one would like to say by referring a guy ke 'ye meri...... ka yaar hai'. No?

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                    Re: Derogatory and slang words

                    Originally posted by ninja hattori View Post
                    hence proved yaar is still a derogatory word
                    We should care for each other more than we care for ideas, or else we will end up killing each other.

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                      Re: Derogatory and slang words

                      this word is perfectly fine in our culture if used for close/fast friends of the same gender. however, using this term for opposite gender is considered indecent. Also, usage of this word by females in our culture is considered obscene [it may NOT be so in present time in upper middle or upper classes of our society. in rural India, however, it's considered very bad.

                      btw, using the word 'yaar' for other than close friends is NOT considered derogatory but rather 'disrespectul and NOT desirable'.
                      Life is NOT measured by the number of breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away!!!
                      16 breaths a minute, 23040 a day...NO one knows which one will be their LAST!

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                        #12
                        Re: Derogatory and slang words

                        Exactly. Its about use for different genders that makes this word derogatory. Otherwise, Sufi poets also referred to God as 'Yaar' like 'Yaar ko hum ne ja baja dekha'
                        We should care for each other more than we care for ideas, or else we will end up killing each other.

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                          Re: Derogatory and slang words

                          Originally posted by muqawwee123 View Post
                          Exactly. Its about use for different genders that makes this word derogatory. Otherwise, Sufi poets also referred to God as 'Yaar' like 'Yaar ko hum ne ja baja dekha'
                          i wouldn't say it's derogatory, rather "disrespectful' would suffice...i believe!

                          lafz e "Derogatory" se dussre bande kii qasdan 'hatak izzat' maqsood hotii hai jab k lafz e "disrespectful" se kahne waale bande kii sahvan laa-ilmii aur kam fehmii zaahir kartii hai.
                          Life is NOT measured by the number of breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away!!!
                          16 breaths a minute, 23040 a day...NO one knows which one will be their LAST!

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                            #14
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                            Yaar is commonly used by us I use with all my friends (boys and gals) some gals mind it some not

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                              #15
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                              Originally posted by waleedhbk View Post
                              Yaar is commonly used by us I use with all my friends (boys and gals) some gals mind it some not
                              bhai mere yahaN discussion individuals kaa nahiiN bal ho rahaa hai k society meN kia 'acceptable' hai aur kia nahiiN. to generally speaking, lafz e 'YAAR' ham umr aur qareebii dostoN [laRkoN] tak maHdood hai aur buraa nahiiN samjhaa jaataa magar yeh lafz laRkiyoN ko kahnaa zeb nahiiN detaa [hamaare mo'aashare meN]...ab kaun kia kartaa hai yeh uskaa zaatii fe'l hai...maiN yeh bhii nahiiN kahtaa k yeh aisaa kahnaa gunaah hai...lol
                              Life is NOT measured by the number of breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away!!!
                              16 breaths a minute, 23040 a day...NO one knows which one will be their LAST!

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