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    Default The word 'Ranga'

    Can i just say that as a mother of a redhaired child, i find the word "Ranga" Incredibly offensive. Ranga is short for Orangutan. So called a person a Ranga, is saying they are akin to chimps with orange/ginger hair. WDYT?

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    I agree! Any other term doesn't bother me at all, but that one bugs the poo out of me. My little one is my Ginger ninja

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    I don't find it offensive, but neither mebor my child have red hair. Maybe i'd feel different if we did. But I doubt it, unless it was said with malice intended.

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    I personally hate it. Im a redhead with 2redhead kids. Dont call me or my kids a ranga or i'll use some other not nice words right back.

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    DP has red hair and will refer to himself as a ranga and finds zero offense with it.. I call him my rangy rang.. Lol. I say it, but with endearment.. Not malice.. I think it drpends how it is said..

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    I never knew that's where the word ranga came from! Learn something new every day... I can see how it could be offensive.

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    I think it's an awful term.

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    It's not a term that I had heard until a few years ago and it was said in a really negative context - being yelled out the window to a little red haired child - so that's stuck with me.

    I understand that a lot of people are ok with it, but I never use the term because of potential offense/hurt. (no red hair in my family either)

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    I have a friend with a baby girl who she refers to as her beautiful little ranga.
    My DH has red hair and is called ranga all the time.
    I think it depends on how it is said and the intent of the person saying it more than the actual word, but that's just my opinion of course.

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    In New Zealand it doesn't appear to be offensive, but in Australia it does.


 

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