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The English Language can sometimes be as complicated as we choose to make it. For instance, one minute someone is using a word to denote another person’s mood and the next, that same word is being used to describe someone else’s sexual preference/orientation usually in a derogatory light.

Take for example two simple words. Words such as: gay and faggot. Use any of these two words and right away most people conjure up an image of a homosexual.

Be that person a man who looks sort of effeminate, a woman who seems to appear more masculine than feminine, or someone who seems quite ordinary or heterosexual to the unsuspecting eye.

Some words are not what they used to be. Gay used to mean happy or merry, and faggot, well, according to wikepedia.org, it has several meanings.

For the word faggot can mean: first and foremost, a male homosexual, a kind of British food, or pork meatball to be exact, a kind of measurement such as a set or bundle of sticks, an Ashen Faggot is a British Christmas tradition, and a Fire and Faggot Parliament means the British parliament of 1414.

As a writer, it’s a pity the world has become such a narrow minded place. For most of us no longer feel comfortable using the word gay to describe a character’s mood or frame of mind and faggot to denote a kind of food, set of sticks, etc. The reader might think otherwise once he/she spots the word on a page.

Two simple words, huh? Mainly used by those who are too conservative or prejudice to use the L or H word to describe someone who is just that, a Lesbian or Homosexual.

Why should they bother, when using gay or faggot would suffice?


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Peace and unity begin with all of us- Judy Ramsook




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by JudyRamsook

queer
Hi Penelope and thanks. Gees, you're right, the word 'queer' isn't what it used to be any more either. Talk about hijacking certain words.

( Posted by: JudyRamsook [Member] On: September 10, 2008 )

the words we choose
I think political correctness must bare a large portion of blame for how we have become a civilization who invents meanings. It used to be called "bastardizing" the language, but can't say that because it might offend Bill Clinton or Barak Obama -- both who were born to unwed mothers.

We used to live in log cabins that needed "chinking", a verb that describes sealing the cracks. And "chink" is a noun that describes the sound of coins together. Then it somehow because a derogatory insult for Chinese railroad workers.

I say we should start using the original context of those words again, if enough of us do it we can take back their true meaning.

For now, I need more coffee, for the moring is gay until I leave the home. I have piles of files on my desk at work, burning like hot faggots for my immediate and undivided attention.


BW

( Posted by: BWOz [Member] On: September 10, 2008 )

did you know...
Hi Fairplay, I have no trouble with someone who is a bastard, nobody's perfect. What I find alarming is that bit by bit, we seem to be removing certain words from the language be it American or the Queen's English.

Someone recently told me that in the 13th century the word 'nice' meant 'silly.' But it's not the 13th century I care about, it's this one we're in now.

( Posted by: JudyRamsook [Member] On: September 10, 2008 )

Robbing dry words of their vivid synonyms
Seriously, what happened to the word 'queer' meaning 'strange'? I don't need any other words to refer to homosexuals, but 'strange' sure could use some synonyms.

-ArsPoet2789ica

( Posted by: ArsPoet2789ica [Member] On: September 24, 2008 )





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