• Wed, May 23 2012

Are You Sure You Want To Say “Gay?”

There’s a chart! There’s a chart if you’re confused! Look at how it has rainbows on it! Also, sad, angry, rainclouds, spitting lightening. Those rainclouds are not gay.

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Though they have dismissed the possibility that someone’s name might be Gaylord (a popular name in the 19th century) and their life is just very complicated. Though if you have a friend named Gaylord, you probably shouldn’t call them “Gay”.  You should probably call them “Lord.” Or “G.” Or “Buddy.” Or anything else at all, really. I guess there was no good cloud graphic for “things were different 120 years ago.” – via I Love Charts

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  • Sarah!

    Gaylord Focker went by Greg.

  • Cassie

    While I certainly understand why homosexuals might be offended at slang uses of the word “gay,” I feel like it is foolish to deny the dynamic nature of language. “Gay” has only meant “homosexual” for a fraction of the history of the English language, so I think saying that it can never come to mean anything else is silly. I think if you’re offended by popular uses of the word “gay,” the best solution is to identify yourself with a more specific adjective.

    • Jessica

      “I think if you’re offended by popular uses of the word “gay,” the best solution is to identify yourself with a more specific adjective.”

      “Popular use”? I think you missed the point. They’re talking about “OMG, reading books is so gay” rather than “what a gay day”.

    • Carla

      Okay, Cassie. How about we start a movement where the word Cassie means lame and stupid or some other insult? “That boy stood me up, he is so Cassie.” “That girl is wearing the ugliest blouse I’ve ever seen, she has the Cassiest sense of style.” Now imagine hearing it all the time from really immature people who just don’t get that using the name someone uses to identify themselves with

    • Carla

      …and taking that personal, positive thing and shitting on it. Then they tell you that maybe you shouldn’t call yourself Cassie anymore, or maybe you shouldn’t get insulted by the new alternate meaning cuz it’s like, not meant to be mean but funny.

      It’s so funny, huh? Or maybe it’s so Cassie.