One of the most overused phrases after someone offends another is, "it was only a joke". For me, I am fine with offensive language AS A JOKE as long as the person it is offending is 1, laughing, and 2, it is only said by a friend of their's. A couple days ago a kid was calling me a word I'm not allowed to repeat here repeatedly during Math class. The teacher same over and the kid said it was just a joke. First off, I wasn't laughing, in fact I wanted to knock him out (I didn't, the only thing I actually did was shoot a rubber band at him, he stole it😒. And second, I'm not friends with him, not even in the least bit. I don't recognize that as a joke, I see that as verbal bullying (he was saying it every 30 seconds, so it was repeated, therefore bullying).