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7-21-2009 @ 4:48PM
@KurashWhat you said may be true, as is present in a dictionary of today, but what about when the word was originally added? The slang definition of the word was eventually added to the dictionary in order to keep up with modern times.In one hundred years, is it possible that when my great-great-grandson looks in the dictionary, he will find the slang definition of gay, as it is most commonly used to today? I don't know, but I do think that it is a good possibility.Calling a person "lame" when they have a disability is considered offensive.Calling something uninteresting lame is considered socially acceptable.Calling a homosexual "gay" is considered offensive.Calling something "gay" when it is annoying, or whatever the use is currently, is considered socially acceptable to some, and not to others.Which way will the pendulum sway? I couldn't tell you. Do I think that it is worth their time to try and sway it? I would have to say no. I have several homosexual friends, and none of them find the term offensive, when not used in a direct insult towards them. I also have many black friends who have got me saying the "n" word. They're fine with it, while many are not, but it certainly has lost much of its original connotation.
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