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If Your Friends Are Using This 3-Letter Word, You May Need To Stage An Intervention (Quiz)


Society & Culture  (tags: abuse, americans, culture, dishonesty, education, ethics, children, gayrights, freedoms, law, sadness, safety, society, rights, usa, family, child )

JL
- 518 days ago - upworthy.com
Sometimes, "gay" is a perfectly good descriptive word for a person, place, or thing. But is it really the word you're looking for, or are you just being kind of the worst?



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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:51 am

Wait a second...Gay can also mean happy, a light or carefree mood, playful, lively and probably more if I looked it up in the dictionary. Those are not pejorative terms. Only recently have people tried to use the word to connote something negative.

 

Mary T. (318)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:57 am
being gay isnt that bad...I'm a very happy person
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 12:21 pm
I hear you Kit--but it is usual to be able to tell the meaning from other communication factors and this guides us to speak up whenever someone is using it inappropriately.
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JL A. (272)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 1:09 pm
Perhaps we should be speaking up in response to those other words, too, instead of being silent...
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (266)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 1:12 pm
yes, we should but I have not seen another post on this issue. Perhaps I have missed this, but many words are used in reverse now like sick meaning good
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 1:42 pm
Excellent observation Cynthia. I'll be on the lookout for other groups' efforts--the last I remember being posted were related to no longer labeling people as illegal since only actions can be.
 

Terry V. (30)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 2:04 pm
Hmm I know 2 people with the name Gay. Love the American English language..............
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 2:07 pm
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Helen Porter (40)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:12 pm
I am no longer gay

It turned into a nightmare!

I no longer want anything to do with my ex wife
or anyone else, for that matter.

I stay out of this issue and my skirts are long. lol
 

Paul Girardin (140)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:52 pm
You can eventually turn every word into insults ... That's a shame!

Thanks for sharing!
 

Sherri G. (113)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:41 am
Most gay people I know prefer the word gay to homosexual, lesbian, or other less attractive words. When in doubt ask gay friends their preference. Thanks JL noted.
 

Gene Jacobson (256)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 8:22 am
True, the word had a different connotation in days gone by. I think those other definitions still accurate, though the word itself has come to be associated with LGBT, don't remember when that happened only that it did. I think, however, that I would not use it personally to describe my mood any more for fear of misinterpretation. I'll just say I'm happy today. With a smiley face. :^).
 

Jamie Clemons (283)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 1:46 pm
We had to break our step daughter of using the term "thats so gay" in innapropriate ways.
Jamie
 

Timothy W. (265)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:01 pm
I have a few friends and coworkers that use the word gay in a negative way often without even realizing it. I usually turn on them and say, "That comment is so Hetro"
 

Jaime A. (32)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:43 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:55 pm
You are welcome Paul, Sherri and Jaime.

Good example of what this article intended to address Jamie,
 

Birgit W. (150)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 4:11 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

. (0)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 4:51 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing.
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 5:13 pm
You are welcome Birgit and Laura.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 5:30 pm
Zee, is that your idea of 'staying out of the issue'?
 

Jeremy S. (3)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 5:56 pm
When I was a child and read many 18th-century novels in which "gay" was used in the original, and correct, sense, I once used that term in everyday speech, and my mother, an English major, put it as delicately as she could., that the word is commonly used to mean something slightly different now. Speaking as someone quite a bit older now, I know that language is meant to grow and change (rather than becoming fixed, and dead, like Latin), but there are some changes that are not for the better. This is one of them.
 

Sue Clayton (8)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 9:45 pm
I agree with you Sherri, ASK . My youngest son is gay and he prefers 'gay' to any other word and so does every other gay person I know.
 

ER C. (65)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 2:28 pm
HERE IT COMES :

GAY

The word gay arrived in English during the 12th century from Old French gai, most likely deriving
Ultimately from a Germanic source. For most of its life in English, the word's primary meaning was
"Joyful", "carefree", "bright and showy", and the word was very commonly used with this meaning in
speech and literature.

IF THOSE WHO WANT TO LABEL THEMSELVES AS: Homosexual, Lesbian, bisexual, & transgender (LGBT)
people THEN :

MAKE UP YOUR OWN SPECIFIC GENERIC TITLE.

ADULTERATING THE WORD “GAY” FROM ITS ORIGINAL MEANING IS DISGUSTING.
_______________________________________________________

THE RAINBOW ? MAKE UP YOUR OWN SPECIFIC GENERIC ICON.

ADULTERATING THE “RAINBOW” FROM ITS ORIGINAL MEANING IS DISGUSTING.
_______________________________________________________

IF YOU WANT RESPECT, THEN YOU NEED TO GIVE RESPECT.
RESPECT THE ORIGINAL MEANINGS OF THE WORD ‘GAY’.
RESPECT THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE RAINBOW.
______________________________________________________

NOT BASHING HERE, JUST STATING THE FACTS.

I am NOT FOR the REPULSIVE SLANG WORDS THAT HAVE BEEN USED FOR Homosexual, Lesbian,
bisexual, & transgender (LGBT) people.


________________________________________________________
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:25 pm
If I were to say that the term fudgepacker was 'sick', half of the readers wouldn't even know what I meant by 'sick'. How many other words have changed or expanded their meaning in their history?

Gay is now 'cool', and I'm not talking about temperature.
 

JL A. (272)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:28 pm
Red, white and blue came from elsewhere, too--no title or symbol has ever been fully original and this group should not be held to a different standard than others--that is repulsivey discrimination IMO.
 

JL A. (272)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:30 pm
Coorection: repulsively AKA disgusting

Excellent points MJ: You cannot currently send a star to MJ because you have done so within the last day.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:53 pm
So, now that being Gay has become cool and widely accepted, all of you idiot punk kids will have to come up with a different word to show your lack of vocabulary. But then, that whole concept is SO Gay, right?
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 4:30 pm
wow
 

Mari Garcia (51)
Friday June 28, 2013, 5:41 pm
It amazes me that people don't see a problem to use "gay" to describe something negative.
 

J. J. (30)
Friday July 19, 2013, 7:49 am
Thanks so much for making that comment Kit B. a well deserved star coming your way:D
 
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