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In Turkish culture, giving a suggestion quite often is perceived as a form of criticism and could even give offense to someone.
We are continually amazed by the contortions some will subject language to in order never to give offense to any individual or group.
And there was the Ted Kennedy factor: The idea that the position being filled Tuesday was "Kennedy's seat" was bound to give offense.
While President Nichol felt compelled to censor the Christian symbol so as not to give offense to anyone, he felt no similar compulsion to shield students from obscene, sacrilegious programs on campus.
Whatever the religious roots of their concerns with, say, the toleration of difference, respect for law, or the pursuit of the good life, it has become increasingly obvious that their Christianity has melded into a vague humanism that tries, above all, to give offense to no one.
In such a context, they believe, Christianity has too long sought to put on a socially acceptable face in order not to give offense.
European leaders, apparently careful not to give offense to Chairman Arafat, have too often responded to terror outrages against Israelis with solemn calls for 'both parties' to eschew violence.
The nomenclature commission's code of ethics no longer explicitly discourages humor that's not likely to give offense.
The campaign really isn't intended to give offense to the prevailing culture," Schirf told The Salt Lake Tribune in a copyright story.
In a heroic gesture on behalf of denture-wearers everywhere, Breen put his censorious foot down: "The business of the man taking out his false teeth strikes us as a piece of business which will give offense to mixed audiences"--a sentence so preposterous it sounds like something Fields himself might have written.
However, Yaras said students are banned from wearing gang attire and other apparel likely to give offense at the school, and he said the cartoon and the article fall into the same category.