I get where you are trying to go with this, but I do not think that it is applicable.
In the context of the considered post that started this thread, the word was used either:
- entirely on it's own;
- or in conjunction with the phrase "I laughed, I cried, I ...".
So none of the extra qualifications, connotations or implications that you cite apply.
I do not think that there is any rational explanation for why the 6-letter words is deemed "offensive", but the 9-letter word not, in this context. At best, the offendees are showing a marked lack of discrimination; bordering upon petulance. At worst, they are attempting to foist their will, sensabilities and morality upon the rest of us.
And the latter is one of the few things that I do find offensive.
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