Because they are American usually.
a wink is as good as a nod to a blind man
They usually don't care what it means, they just think it's a Bad Thing and thus they can use it as an insult to shut you up. <br />
Some of them at least vaguely understand enough to apply "fascist" to right wingers and "communist" to lefties.
like racist?... i hate that....
People who throw insults are not looking for accuracy. Any kind of splatter will do.
idiot... (and I know what this word means)