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Bocaj at 9:55PM, June 28, 2008
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Do you think that cute can be used as an insult?
I keep feeling like the word is negative.
I feel like saying something is cute implies that it has no depth.
I know it is usually meant s a compliment, and I realize that, but am I the only one who thinks of ‘cute’ as just as often negative?

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This is a question of your connotation, not denotation.

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HippieVan at 10:02PM, June 28, 2008
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I've never really heard cute being used negatively, but I can see how that would work.
I know that once I reached my teens I started getting annoyed when people called me cute, even though they do mean it as a compliment.
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Arashi_san at 10:09PM, June 28, 2008
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“Cute” can be used as a compliment, or can be used as an apathetic euphimism to denote simplicity or, as you said, being shallow.

The context and the tone in which it is said often implies the meaning behind it.
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ozoneocean at 10:10PM, June 28, 2008
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You guys are SO cute. ^_^
 
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Bocaj at 10:11PM, June 28, 2008
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Arashi_san
The context and the tone in which it is said often implies the meaning behind it.
Yeah, but when you hear the word on its own (out of context) do you normaly think positive or negative?

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HippieVan at 10:13PM, June 28, 2008
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You guys are SO cute. ^_^


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Bocaj at 10:16PM, June 28, 2008
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You guys are SO cute. ^_^

Why thank you *bushes*
You're not too shabby yourself!

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Arashi_san at 12:22AM, June 29, 2008
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The context and the tone in which it is said often implies the meaning behind it.
Yeah, but when you hear the word on its own (out of context) do you normaly think positive or negative?
Then it would depend on the tone. Usually, though, alone I would think that it was negative.

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claus at 12:51AM, June 29, 2008
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'Cute' can be caustic if used sarcastically. Lots of movie villains use it.
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ozoneocean at 12:54AM, June 29, 2008
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'Cute' can be caustic if used sarcastically. Lots of movie villains use it.
Cute -_-
 
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Megawacky_Max at 4:27AM, June 29, 2008
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I never really heard “Cute” used as something strictly NEGATIVE…

The closest to that is what you guys already said, as in sarcasm. Other than that, “cute” doesn't sound negative at all…

Not to me, anyway… Well, what can I know, english is not my born language and, anyway, one of my comics has “CUTE” written all over it. :-P
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skoolmunkee at 6:03AM, June 29, 2008
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A lot of times ‘cute’ is what people call something when they can't think of a better compliment.
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usedbooks at 7:36AM, June 29, 2008
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'Cute' can be caustic if used sarcastically. Lots of movie villains use it.
When villains use it, it's not so much sarcasm as it is used to describe things that the “hero” doesn't want to be cute. You know, like “That gun is cute.” Or “It's so cute how you broke in here to rescue your girlfriend.” Or it can be a creepy thing (villain compliments have a tendency to be creepy), like “Oh, you're cute. I think I'll keep you for a pet.”

Aside from that, yes, it can be derogatory under certain circumstances. Like if someone tries to make a contribution to some deep, serious discussion and instead of being acknowledged for their insights, they are dismissed “Isn't she cute?” But that could really apply to any “compliments” of appearance when the matter at hand relates to the mind. – Basically, any time someone is trying to be in depth, serious, or mean business (as in the hero facing off with a villain), that's when “cute” is not appreciated. No one wants to be called cute if their goal is to be fierce.
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CoyoteLongshot at 10:10AM, June 29, 2008
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I agree, it really depends on what it's used for. It doesn't even have to be directly meant as an insult to be annoying. I think in a lot of situations it can be implied as “I'm not taking this seriously”. But, y'know, if you MEANT it to be cute in the first place, well… then I guess you hit your mark. All in the context, really.
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mlai at 11:12AM, June 29, 2008
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Aside from that, yes, it can be derogatory under certain circumstances. Like if someone tries to make a contribution to some deep, serious discussion and instead of being acknowledged for their insights, they are dismissed “Isn't she cute?”
I don't know how you women can stand it.
If I were a woman, and I had a BF who would say that to me, I'd plot to dump him in the most public and humiliating way possible.

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kyupol at 6:59PM, June 29, 2008
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cute is a compliment.

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7384395948urhfdjfrueruieieueue at 7:03PM, June 29, 2008
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'Cute' can be caustic if used sarcastically. Lots of movie villains use it.
Well that's not actually sarcasm, it's what they really mean. Like “Aw, da wittle hero gonna save the day, that's so cute.” like as in it's adorable that they think they can.

That always makes it funny when the teeth get kicked in.
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crazyninny at 7:47PM, June 29, 2008
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If your a jerk, and have a rod up your butt, then I wouldn't trust what you say is “cute”. @_@
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Aussie_kid at 7:48PM, June 29, 2008
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The context and the tone in which it is said often implies the meaning behind it.
Yeah, but when you hear the word on its own (out of context) do you normaly think positive or negative?

It's always positive with me, but I see how it can be negative.
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kyupol at 9:20PM, June 29, 2008
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The only way cute can be an insult if its directed by a woman to a man in reference to his sword.

lol!
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ozoneocean at 1:50AM, June 30, 2008
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let's steer the conversation away from those places please.

“Cute” can be insulting if directed towards a serious piece of artwork, comic, writing, whatever.

It's context, as people say.

I wonder; If you went around commenting “cute” on people's comics, how much of that would get reported? Enough to give you a temporary ban I'll bet ;)
 
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lba at 7:26AM, June 30, 2008
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I have yet to report anyone for it. But the cuteness of the characters was an intentional move on my part so in the context I can't call it a bad thing. Although it does occasionally lead me to wonder about the mental health of some of my readers.

I can't really say anything new about the words connotations really since to my mind it implies neither a negative or positive tone in and of itself.
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Bocaj at 7:37AM, June 30, 2008
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Usually when someone calls my comic cute, it is positive.

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Mirre at 1:52PM, June 30, 2008
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I usually adds ze three dots when I say “cute” in a negative way.

cute…
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Inkmonkey at 2:30PM, June 30, 2008
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I think most compliments can be seen as negative depending on the situation and tone. Another good example is “nice”. It's such a non-commital word. Very much like cute. If someone asks how something was, and you just say “nice”, that has a pretty uncaring tone. Like it was good, but not good enough to care.

Anyway, no, cute isn't inherently bad, but it lends itself to negative connotations more easily than other adjectives.
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lucky7s76 at 3:15PM, June 30, 2008
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I have yet to report anyone for it. But the cuteness of the characters was an intentional move on my part so in the context I can't call it a bad thing. Although it does occasionally lead me to wonder about the mental health of some of my readers.

I can't really say anything new about the words connotations really since to my mind it implies neither a negative or positive tone in and of itself.

Yeah, I second this. Only I don't think I have subject matter that would lead me to wonder about my readers. :) I draw “cute” intentionally so I'm not really affected by it.
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amanda at 3:24PM, June 30, 2008
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I've noticed increasingly that the more helpless/vulnerable a thing/person looks, the more often cute is used in a description. That being said, I tend to equate “cute” with “vulnerable” and try my best to avoid using it often. As a girl, I'd much rather be pretty than cute. Of course, I'd rather be cute than lunch-losing hideous. (If I were a guy, I think I'd be irritated if people described me as cute.)
In general, I don't think people use the word negatively. Could go either way depending on context and tone.
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theninjap at 4:58PM, June 30, 2008
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I think cute is generally an ambigiuous and non-committal term. As said before about calling a comic “cute” or “nice.” “Cute” can have very specific meanings, though, like when referring to a baby or a dog, where “cute” is really the highest compliment you can think of. Calling a guy or girl “cute” is a very bland compliment (why not beautiful or handsome?) and in similar situations I think “cute” is really used to get around giving a real compliment. (Although, of course, there are exceptions to that, too…) The most interesting use of the word “cute” I've found, though, is the passive-aggressive use of the word. Generally found in couples, when something irritates one about the other, and he or she says: “it's so cute when you do that.” Specific example: “it's so cute how you act like I don't give you attention, when that's all I've been doing.” It's not cute at all! But it's a way of getting that elephant out in a seemingly friendly way.

I think the fact that “cute” can be used in so many different contexts and can mean different things is why it's become the ambiguous term it has. It's really a neutral term. When I think “cute” I don't think positive or negative, I think, “vague.”
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WadeTheFade at 2:27PM, July 2, 2008
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The only way cute can be an insult if its directed by a woman to a man in reference to his sword.

lol!

LOL perfect.
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