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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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