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grufty jim
grufty jim
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Re: schizothreadic
Nov 05, 2002, 13:12
What a loud of linguistic evolution!!

By that token, FW, the word "gay" should have only been used to mean: "Showing or characterized by cheerfulness and lighthearted excitement; merry". right up until the day the dictionary* finally caught up with culture and included: "Of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex."

Frankly, i believe the word "gay" completely changed meaning long before the dictionary caught up - to restrict "formal discussions" to an archaic mode of expression. To exclude "gay" because some editor in Oxford hasn't caught on to the cultural changes is... well, it's just so bloody Conservative (and conservative).

* which dictionary, by the way? cos in case of the word "gay", they changed at different times... the Americans switching over first... i guess you'll have some British Colonial hangover that decrees the folks in Oxford should tell us all what we mean to say, right? ;->
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