Then use combined words such as "Daddy's boy" or "little blessed one" in certain circles and it's frowned upon and in some grown up circles close to home that I know of it's even banned.h's dad
It's about social meanings and negative stereotyping. Marler's insult carries force because it taps into negative constructions around traveller ethnicity, otherwise there would be no point in him saying it; it just wouldn't have any effect. If I call you an 'English boy', you wouldn't be offended because there aren't really any negative social associations with being labelled 'English'. The same is true of being called an 'English @#@#' on the field; you might be offended by the '@#@#' bit, but not really by being called 'English'.
Disagree profoundly. As examples, English milord or English pouf are pejorative terms that are based on, possibly false, stereotypes where the 'English' is integral to the abuse. Just because we English are more tolerant than Johnny foreigner (and I don't include the Taffs or the Jocks in that because they're basically English as well despite their protestations) it doesn't reduce the integrity of the term of abuse.
I know a coach who often labelled other players as a "Mummy's boy" but could and would not tolerate his son being labelled as "Daddy's boy".
What is not sensitive for some is for others.
I don't care for constant tit for tat but it is what it is.
Some folk are accepting of diversity and get on with it and others want their way constantly.
If you are going to throw punches then expect anything in return, Marler was ignorant to that fact.
If the RFU weren't so ignorant and dealt with this then it would never have got to this stage and Marler would be £20k better off.