I walked past this fellow in a tight white tee-shirt and a bald head looking pretty much like the poster child for the Aryan Nation. He was staring at his phone waiting for someone to let him into a building. Ginger barked at him.
He responded "fuck you!"
I had just started a laughing apology and then he said "fuck you!" so I decided best to walk on.
Here's the thing, though: he wasn't saying "fuck you" to me. He was saying "fuck you" to Ginger, who is a 20 pound beagle who knows only the following words in English: Ginger, hungry, walkies, go pee, and no. So Ginger didn't care. "Fuck you" is not in her vernacular (although, if I'm being honest "Goddammit, Ginger!" may be) She was focused on the post-poop treat coming her way ("Treat" is another word she knows. She may be a genius!)
It may be that Ginger, who is not prone to barking at strangers on the sidewalk, is just a really good job of character and Breitbart fan there knew she had his number. Hence: "fuck you."
Far more likely, though, he's just a guy with a passel of "fuck you"s rattling around in his psyche; "fuck you"s he deploys carelessly, without regard for the target, utterly unbothered by the offense.
Does anyone know of an island where we can send all the unreasonably angry white men? They are really fucking things up these days.