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Oh yeah, because no one should ever get pregnant, right? You do realize humanity would die if that happened, right? You do realize you wouldn't exist if your mom had never got pregnant, right? Well, maybe it would be better if you didn't exist. WTF is wrong with you?? Please go die.
well, you're not supposed to tell anyone you're pregnant until you're pretty far along. She probably didn't want to tell her coworkers, because 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriages and it would be more of an FML to have to let everyone know that you lost the baby.
WHat are you talking about?! His point is that English is a growing and developing language. Unlike Spanish, in which any change must be approved by the king or whatnot, in English, when people start using a word, it BECOMES A WORD. Furthermore, the word "gay" itself started out to only mean "happy," but then it changed to also mean "homosexual" just because people started using it that way, and not for any other reason at all. Similarly, for the same exact word, "gay" has become to mean "dumb" as well, so if people start using it that way, then it is the definition. Technically, "gay" no more means "homosexual" than it means "dumb."
No, easylazy, the word gay did not come to mean homosexual simply because people said it that way. It was derived from the "carefree" interpretation of "happy, bright, carefree." In the 17th century the Catholic church associated "carefree" with "uninhibited by moral constraint" which was then applied sexually to describe homosexuals, adulterers and prostitutes. So, if you are one to adhere to the ordinances of the Catholic church, it would be proper to associate the term gay with homosexuality, but you would also have to use it to describe prostitutes and divorcees. And no, people saying a word does not make it a word, in English or any other language.
Just because "gay" has become socially UNDERSTOOD to mean "dumb" in certain contexts, doesn't make it socially ACCEPTABLE. To equate being gay to being dumb is derogatory and shouldn't be tolerated...I thought we learned this in high school already through LGBT awareness education. Maybe you guys missed it because you come from intolerant parts of the world.
OMFG In my opinion (shared by ALL of the LGBT population I know) Gay can mean stupid. It's just a word, for god's sake. Originally it was meant to be offensive, now it's just common slang. Almost no one says it anymore, with the intention of offending people. The people who DO get offended are taking things way too personally. This happens with lots of words. That's Gay can mean anything. Has enough
Actually yes, #115, it does. In English, the use of a word makes it a word-- for example, to Google something is now a word. Do you think Google paid for that? No, of course not, it only became a word because people used it that way. "Gay" did not only become "homosexual" just because it means carefree-- if so, how the word "carefree" or "nonchalant" also not become to mean "homosexual"? The reason is because nobody used it that way. If nobody used the word "gay" to mean "dumb," then it simply would not mean "dumb." That is how the English language works. There is no way you can argue otherwise. If people did not start using it to mean "dumb," then it just wouldn't mean dumb. I have gay friends, and they do not find this offensive. It's just how the language works. And #150, yes, it does make it acceptable. When people first started calling homosexuals "gay," do you think that was acceptable? I highly doubt it because, as #115 said, it first started off meaning "carefree." The definition "homosexual" is no more connected to "gay" than "dumb" is. They both are definitions that only became attached to "gay" because people used it that way. No person got up and decided this. It only became true because people said it.
The website http://www.thinkb4youspeak.com/GetInformed/ has information on the word "gay" and why it is offensive. "If a phrase is repeated enough, its origins may be forgotten. Because it is so common to hear, "that's so gay'" plenty of people don't link the phrase to an insult against gay people. Calling someone out for using this slur can be all it takes for the person using it to understand that it isn't simply a harmless expression." -http://gayteens.about.com/od/safetytips/a/thatssogay.htm
Can I just say that the debates that happen on this site are awesome? For the record, I'm straight. I used to be bothered by the use of "gay" for "stupid", and bitched out anyone who did that in high school. Most of my friends from college use that term, and I do too, occasionally. It really is a different word now, and not meant to insult homosexuals. I have many friends with different sexual orientations, and even though I use "gay" as a synonym for "stupid" or "obnoxious," it doesn't mean that I view my friends that way at all. How this came about is pretty irrelevant. It happened, and people use it, whether it's inappropriate or not. The comment about google being a verb now is on the right track. All languages grow and change - the word for "owl" in French has also come to mean "cool" in that language. Totally unrelated, and yet... Anyway. OP - Congrats on your pregnancy, your place of employment is an insensitive lout. I do hope you explained the situation and didn't get fired because of this!
Dear #103, I love how you're offended by the term "that's gay", but you can call someone a douch bag and THAT'S acceptable? Wow, if you're going to state your opinion, don't insult your own intelligence at the same time by contradicting yourself. Obviously, the situation was not homosexual, just as the person you were trying to insult is not really a piece of equipment used for douching. The words used now have a different meaning, just as you so graciously pointed out. I could say that I am greatly offended by the term "douch bag", but I'm not, because that would be gay.
It's a different situation with the term 'douchebag'. If, by some fluke of science, actual douchebags became conscious, intelligent, living things, the term douchebag would become offensive to them because it was used as a derogatory term in a non-literal sense. Then we'd have to come up with some politically correct term for 'em, but that's beside the point. The point is, our problem isn't with using insults, or else I wouldn't be calling you a moron right now you moron. It's using a term that's associated with some person or group an insult, insinuating that that person/group is synonymous with whatever the word in it's insult-form means.