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1-25-2012 @ 9:37AM
There have been cases where a Brit friend has said they're going to "go burn a fag" and the reactions I've seen/heard about are 1) laughing and joking and using it *more* even among the American smokers in the group, or 2) looks of shock, followed by explaining what the word means here and why they should probably change their terminology while in the States. It's not uncommon anymore to not know what the term means in in America; it's generally more a slip from habit.Reminds me, too, of when "Ender's Game" was released and the term "bugger" was used for the ostensibly-antagonistic aliens, and the (anti-gay) author claimed he had no idea what it meant in *any* slang at the time of writing.
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