"The simple fact is, offense is taken, not given." - Ricky Gervais
One of my most successful posts here was the exploration of hilariously meaningless compliments. Today it's innocently offensive questions.
These are questions that have no malice buried within the words themselves - but can trigger disdain from whoever is asked.
I love these philosophical thought experiments, how the language can mean one thing to the person saying it and something completely different to the person receiving it.