Referring to someone as 'the man'

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  1. Vangelus

    Vangelus Long Live the New Flesh Moderator Content Contributor

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    So, something I always take note of is when a male individual being discussed gets referred to not by name, but as 'the man'.

    eg: "The man isn't perfect" or "We shouldn't be so hard on the man, he's done etc etc" or "The man is a thief"

    It's clearly a 'silent' way to put someone up on a pedestal without saying it outright, but I've always wondered...do people know this when they say it, or is it a subconcious reverence (positive or negative) thing?

    Struck me as something capable of a straight-faced-ish discussion, so posting it here instead of Fuzzy to try and promote more GD use. :) 
     
  2. Foster

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    I don't say that, but I say "I've got a guy for that" when it comes to cutting grass or changing oil or fixing my computer.
     
  3. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    I just use it when I don't know the guy's name. "What was that guy saying?" I usually reserve "The Man" for guys who really are The Man. "Lance is The Man. But I don't know who half those guys in that other forum are."
     
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    Man! Its just slang man! Nobody is putting anybody on a hight Totem pole by referring to "Man!"
     
  5. butz

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    What about when you say something like "man, that sucks", but there is no man present?
     
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    I don't mind 'man'

    I hate being called: Buddy, pal, Chief, Boss, Freind, dude etc.
     
  7. BigPrime3000

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    I really don't use man in that context. For me it's more of a way just to describe a random person that may not even exist.

    "Man, that sucks" or "I've got to see a man about a dog"

    If I want to put someone down by not using their name I'll usually call them kid like, "I don't know what that kid is talking about."
     
  8. Foster

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    I'll use boy, little shaver or sally if I want to be derogatory.
     
  9. Dark_Convoy

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    Most everybody calls me "The Man."

    True story.
     
  10. Bryan

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    I think it's a conscious attempt to seperate an individual from their personality in the eyes of an audience.

    "The man's a thief," not Joe Smith, father of four who was actually the victim of social pressures and actually not that dissimilar from the jury that the prosecutor wants to prevent from sympathizing with him.

    "We shouldn't be so hard on the man, he's done blah, blah, blah," so please forget that he's actually Ken Lay, former CEO of Enron who cost you all your pensions.

    Basically, an attempt to get people to view a person in a way they wouldn't be inclined to if they saw him as a specific individual.
     
  11. Seth Buzzard

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    Isn't the "man" the white man? or is my jive card past its expiration date?
     
  13. Blunticon

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    I call my Boss "Boss!"
     
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    Sorry Dude :D 

    I use dude a lot. ...dude, dooder, his dudeness, el duderino (if you're not hip to the whole brevity thing)... [/the dude]
     
  15. Bryan

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    I like 'guy.'

    "What's up, guy?" "Hey, guy!" "Yeah, he's a cool guy."

    It's just so all-purpose and (as far as I know) completely incapable of offending someone.
     
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    The man is holding down my freedoms.

    The man doesn't want you to know why.
     
  17. Blunticon

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    You like guys man? Sicko!
     
  18. Samana Rombuca

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    I never understood this phrase. What does it mean to "put someone up on a pedestal?"
     
  19. Bryan

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    I also play basketball, but my family doesn't know yet.

    I think my teammates and I are going to tell them this Thanksgiving.
     
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    I like saying guy, but in a funny voice like "Heeeey 'dere guuuuuy" and it bothers people a little
     

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