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Feb/06

Defamation In The Mind Of the Defamer or Defamee or Audience?


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He calls a fellow (female) Selectman a name at a meeting which, if they both knew what it meant, would be, at a minimum, very insulting (it’s a term for the outline of something that’s located close to something that rhymes with Mulva), however, she doesn’t know what it means, and he claims that he didn’t think it meant something as bad as what it does mean. What if no one else at the meeting knew what the term meant?
Good fact pattern for defamation class. If a vulgarity is used and no one knows what it means, is it still vulgar, or merely obscure?

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