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1-22-2010 @ 2:23PM
My new guild is great. Everyone has about 10 alts, they raid every day, ToGC and Icecrown without fail, always a run happening... and yet "f@ggot" and "nigg" are used in nearly every sentence. chatbox and Vent.It's actually quite disheartening that such a top-tier guild is so juvenile... until I realised this is actually how people of that generation speak now. It's *normal*.Disheartening.
1-22-2010 @ 2:37PM
Just because you believe something is *normal* does not necessarily mean it is acceptable. The phrase "that's so gay" is just as bad as your two other examples, and I simply won't tolerate any of it. If someone is saying something racially or otherwise offensive, I ask nicely (provided they haven't pushed my buttons too hard) for them to stop, and you'd be surprised at the number of other party members who chime in agreement. Ignore is great for ignorant people, and I have no qualms about reporting them to the game moderators. If we keep letting them say things we think are juvenile, hateful, or plain unnecessary, it will stay *normal*. Personally, I think *normal* is long overdue for a major patch update.
1-22-2010 @ 3:19PM
As South Park has said, language is an evolving thing. The word "fag" has had numerous definitions throughout the centuries, to mean anything from a useless woman to the elderly and only very recently has it gotten its association with homosexuality.I put it to you that people who use the term nowadays don't even use it as a homosexual reference any more, simply a generic insult.
1-22-2010 @ 4:45PM
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fag"Fag" has a ton of meanings. Ultimately, it depends on location, culture, and context.
1-22-2010 @ 5:19PM
South Park made up bullshit.The word is meant as an insult. Calling someone or something "gay" is meant as an insult. Calling someone "fag" means the same thing. I don't care how you think it's meant, you are still using it as an insult, and it offends gay people. It is still a terrible insult. I am offended by it, and I am not even gay.
1-22-2010 @ 7:13PM
Hmmm the problem with the evolving language argument is that the people who are using the word "Fag" are in the game are actually comparing NPC's and other players to gay people with the insinuation that that is not a great thing to be. Similarly people calling people in a rival guild the N word (I just can't type it) are doing so completely aware of the racist connotation.If I hear it I ask them to stop. If they balk at that (they usually do) I leave.
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