See Slander per quod. See Defamation (libel per quod). Words or epithets spoken which are not so defamatory in a legal aspect that damage will be presumed from their utterance or publication. An action will not lie upon such words in the absence of pleading and proof of special damage. It can also mean that the words being said are only actionable upon the showing of extrinsic facts and circumstances that make them slanderous.