Just had a question about a recent update to one of my answers. It's not a huge deal, but:
would be seen as niggling and holding back the company's bottom line
was changed to:
would be seen as frivolous and holding back the company's bottom line
and the change (niggling to frivolous) was marked as 'Remove offensive language'.
I mean, I can kinda understand that it shares the first four letters with an offensive word. But... it's a completely different word, from a completely different root, with a completely different meaning.
I guess I just want to know: is this an offensive word on SE? While this was just a post edit, I could easily imagine someone flagging the answer or deleting it instead.
Update: I went ahead and rolled back the change. The main reasons were that nobody here saw the word as offensive and the comments from one of the reviewers approving the edit - which indicated their approval was mostly due to a negative connotation of the word and an unfamiliarity with the word. But honestly, the negative connotation was intended by me, and in the context of the answer was a 'this action is not niggling' - aka, 'this is not something with a negative connotation'.