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1-25-2012 @ 9:46AM
"You know, someone always pipes up with this information whenever the words "fag" and "faggot" are being discussed and I have to ask you this: "When have you ever heard the words used in the way you are describing them?"Those words are pretty much NEVER used for their proper, original English definition."Faggot I'll give you but yeah, fag as in cigarette is still very commonly used by the British, heck I use it for that definition all the time. Like others have said though, it's very easy to tell by context what people mean, i.e. when I say "alright guys, we'll take 5 for a fag break" and when someone else says "God, that tank is such a fag" I think it's pretty clear which is offensive and which isn't."The origins of utterances matter little in the context of the present day."This is one of the interesting things about the current usage of the word 'gay' whilst large sections of people who use the word do so to also insult the LGBT community, a lot of them don't and merely use it as another word for 'bad' because they see it used so commonly by their peers and communities, without meaning any insult to anyone. This is one of the things that makes fighting its use so difficult, if someone is using the word in a way that they don't think of as being offensive to the LGBT but then get attacked for their use of the word, it often leads to resentment and annoyance.
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