Let's imagine in a quarrel between two people, one uses bad curses and words and a common friend of them comes to mediate between them. He wants to ask the friend who used bad words, "don't insult him (the other friend)".
Based on lots of dictionaries as below the adjectives "insulting" and "abrasive" have some conceptual overlaps which made me think they can be used interchangeably:
Insulting Vs Abrasive Meanwhile, I searched the sentence in my question in Ngram, but I didn't see any result for Don't be abrasive whereas I found the sentence "Don't be insulting" as commonplace. Don't be insulting.
So please let me know if the sentences bellow mean the same or not:
- Don't be insulting.
- Don't be abrasive.