Wow. I've been watching this one and all I can say is wow.
Farmer John, regardless of your intentions, that one post really was a bit condescending. Must always use caution when using words with negative connotations. Sure the definition seems innocent, but you know the emotion that word can elicit.
I'll also go a step further and say that if someone had used similar language toward a new member regarding some controversial topics, they'd be called mean.