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The Decline and Fall of the H Word (Homosexual)
New York Times ^ | March 21, 2014 | JEREMY W. PETERS

Posted on 03/23/2014 7:31:00 PM PDT by reaganaut1

To most ears, it probably sounds inoffensive. A little outdated and clinical, perhaps, but innocuous enough: homosexual.

But that five-syllable word has never been more loaded, more deliberately used and, to the ears of many gays and lesbians, more pejorative.

“ ‘Homosexual’ has the ring of ‘colored’ now, in the way your grandmother might have used that term, except that it hasn’t been recuperated in the same way,” said George Chauncey, a Yale professor of history and an author who studies gay and lesbian culture.

Consider the following phrases: homosexual community, homosexual activist, homosexual marriage. Substitute the word “gay” in any of those cases, and the terms suddenly become far less loaded, so that the ring of disapproval and judgment evaporates.

Some gay rights advocates have declared the term off limits. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or Glaad, has put “homosexual” on its list of offensive terms and in 2006 persuaded The Associated Press, whose stylebook is the widely used by many news organizations, to restrict use of the word.

George P. Lakoff, a professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, has looked at the way the term is used by those who try to portray gays and lesbians as deviant. What is most telling about substituting it for gay or lesbian are the images that homosexual tends to activate in the brain, he said.

“Gay doesn’t use the word sex,” he said. “Lesbian doesn’t use the word sex. Homosexual does.”

“It also contains ‘homo,’ which is an old derogatory,” he added. “They want to have that idea there. They want to say this is not normal sex, this is not normal family, it’s going against God.”

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The accurate term "homosexual" bothers them. Good -- I'll make sure to use it instead of the euphemism "gay".
1 posted on 03/23/2014 7:31:00 PM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

I guess we better all stop drinking homogenized milk. It contains ‘homo,’ which is old and derogatory.


2 posted on 03/23/2014 7:33:15 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: reaganaut1

The biggest problem is that it is incorrectly formed, since ‘homo’ is Greek and ‘sexual’ is Latin. Ugh!


3 posted on 03/23/2014 7:33:51 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: reaganaut1
I never say the G-word. I say "homosexual" because it describes a clinical problem; it's a descriptive term of a medical illness.

They are not happy and they are not normal. I won't pretend they are.

4 posted on 03/23/2014 7:34:26 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: reaganaut1
The Decline and Fall of the ‘H’ Word (Homosexual)

to the ears of many gays and lesbians, more pejorative.

Why, there are so many other more colorful perjorative terms to use:

Like, faggot, queer, rump-ranger, butt-pirate, fairy, bull-dyke, packer/muncher...we could go on for hours...

And we might.

5 posted on 03/23/2014 7:36:46 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

You sound like a homo sapiens.


6 posted on 03/23/2014 7:36:46 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: reaganaut1

I have not used the word “gay” in years. If they’re so damn proud of their sexual perversion, then they shouldn’t flinch at being called homosexuals. It is totally descriptive . . . “gay” means happy, and if they were happy, they wouldn’t be “gay.”

It is extremely seldom that I hear even “conservative” talk show hosts call them what they are . . . homosexuals. Truth hurts, don’t it?


7 posted on 03/23/2014 7:36:59 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: ClearCase_guy

I use the same word that I used for nill clintoon ... degenerate.


8 posted on 03/23/2014 7:37:11 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: reaganaut1

Not very accurate; made up by journalist/activist Karl-Maria Kertbeny less than two centuries ago. He coined “heterosexual” at the same time too, in an attempt to make the two behaviors sound equivalent.

But if it irks the community in question, no sense in not using it.


9 posted on 03/23/2014 7:37:57 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: reaganaut1
Changing the language again.

As long as it keeps working for them, the left will keep doing it.

10 posted on 03/23/2014 7:37:59 PM PDT by Washi (Stop Obama's War On Jobs)
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To: reaganaut1

I either prefer homo or queer, both we used 50 yrs ago when I was a young-un.


11 posted on 03/23/2014 7:39:01 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: reaganaut1
I knew I was on the right track when I always insisted upon using the "H" word!

The homosexuals ruined the word "gay." It used to be my favorite word, before I knew about homosexuals.

12 posted on 03/23/2014 7:39:09 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: reaganaut1
by those who try to portray gays and lesbians as deviant.

Deviant:
de·vi·ant adjective \-ənt\
: different from what is considered to be normal or morally correct

Yup.

13 posted on 03/23/2014 7:39:30 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: reaganaut1

I say “homosexual” in polite society. Other times I say “queer”. If what they do to each other isn’t queer, then nothing is.

I will never ever call them “gay”.


14 posted on 03/23/2014 7:39:49 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: reaganaut1
They'd prefer "faygaleh?"

"Pillow-biter?"

How about "sodomite?" Is "sodomite" good?

15 posted on 03/23/2014 7:40:53 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: reaganaut1

I always use homosexual instead of gay.

Gay can also mean ‘happy’ or ‘lame/uncool.’ Furthermore, the homosexual lobby is trying to define teenagers’ propensity to call things they think are stupid as ‘gay’ as hate speech.

I find the whole issue gay.


16 posted on 03/23/2014 7:41:24 PM PDT by struggle
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To: reaganaut1

Mixing internal feces with external body parts is disgusting no matter what you call it.


17 posted on 03/23/2014 7:41:38 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: proxy_user

The prefix homo is both Latin and Greek. Homo Latin means “man”. Greek homo is “same”.

Lesbians are homosexual too.


18 posted on 03/23/2014 7:44:33 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: reaganaut1

okay then, we’re back to either “pervert” or “degenerate” or “sodomite”. works for me.


19 posted on 03/23/2014 7:45:00 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: reaganaut1
Heterosexual = attraction between members of the opposite sex

Homosexual= attraction between members of the same sex

so what's their problem again?

I personally want the use of the word "gay" to return to its rightful use....as in we'll have a gay ol' time! as Fred Flintstone use to say!

or don we now our gay apparel...falalalalalala.

20 posted on 03/23/2014 7:45:16 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: MHGinTN

Faggot: 1. A bundle of twigs, sticks, or branches bound together. (The American Heritage Dictionary)
In other words, that which the fires of hell shall be kindled with on judgement day.
(This we know because the apostle Saint Paul told us so in so manywords in one of his pastoral letters.)


21 posted on 03/23/2014 7:45:21 PM PDT by Repent and Believe (Promote good. Tolerate the harmless. Let evil be crushed.)
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To: reaganaut1

Until quite recently, science used the word ‘pederasty’.


22 posted on 03/23/2014 7:45:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Badwhereas things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: reaganaut1
It does not bother me to be called a heterosexual. I always thought being called "straight" was a little strange.

war on words

23 posted on 03/23/2014 7:45:45 PM PDT by GregoTX (Remember the Alamo)
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To: DJ MacWoW

“abnormal” is also a correct term.


24 posted on 03/23/2014 7:46:05 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

donut-puncher.


25 posted on 03/23/2014 7:46:43 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Graybeard58

carpet munchers.


26 posted on 03/23/2014 7:47:36 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: GregoTX

“Straight” as opposet to “warped”. Does that clear it up?


27 posted on 03/23/2014 7:48:05 PM PDT by Repent and Believe (Promote good. Tolerate the harmless. Let evil be crushed.)
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To: reaganaut1

Every language that I’m aware of has at least one slang word for abnormal behavior, and usually only one word for normal behavior. Go figure, you poofter!


28 posted on 03/23/2014 7:48:10 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Badwhereas things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: reaganaut1

“George Lackoff”

rhymes with _______


29 posted on 03/23/2014 7:48:35 PM PDT by digger48
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To: reaganaut1

Sodomite is really the correct word to use in this context. More insane ‘Newspeak’ from the libtards over at NYT and their various associates.

This is a little like the term ‘woman’ being phased out in favor of ‘chick’ or something ridiculous.

You have to shake your head at the section in which a Marxist professor proclaims he ‘corrects’ his students when they use the term ‘homosexual’. Well, Ernst Roehm and his merry band of Brownshirts would definitely be proud of this peon. Keep your kids out of public schools and these kinds of colleges. Totally infiltrated with filth.

Don’t forget, ‘pedophile’ may one day be an offensive term. It will give way to some softer term.


30 posted on 03/23/2014 7:49:40 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Secret Agent Man

Stool pusher


31 posted on 03/23/2014 7:50:52 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

That’s a new one on me.


32 posted on 03/23/2014 7:52:26 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: reaganaut1

I guess the language police want us to stop using the word “homosexual” which means I will go out of my way to use it to describe said homos lol


33 posted on 03/23/2014 7:53:41 PM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: reaganaut1

Let me teach them an easier word to get used to ... it only has three syllables, so even the dumbest in our self-absorbed culture should be able to say it - SODOMITE ...

How about this one?

Dk smokin, turd burglarin, butt pirate!


34 posted on 03/23/2014 7:54:16 PM PDT by WTFOVR (I find myself exclaiming that expression quite often these days!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Jobby jobber.


35 posted on 03/23/2014 7:55:30 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Badwhereas things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I will stick with “homo” or “queer”.
I never understood why they chose “gay”. What is gay about sodomy?


36 posted on 03/23/2014 7:55:54 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: proxy_user
Homoerotics?

Sinulusexual?

37 posted on 03/23/2014 7:56:18 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: Secret Agent Man

Yup. That works too.


38 posted on 03/23/2014 7:58:58 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: reaganaut1

I guess fudgepacker is verboten too?


39 posted on 03/23/2014 7:58:58 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: reaganaut1

I always try to show respect by struggling out the entire five syllables of Homosexual(ity) but
if they want we can just revert to the much-easier terms of endearment, so to speak...
such as
h...
and
f..
and
p...

hey, they’re all uni-syllabic. The kind of words that so many of today’s journalists should be most comfortable with, eh?


40 posted on 03/23/2014 7:58:59 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: faithhopecharity

ps: I am not trying to insult any homosexual persons.
I am only trying to point out just how inane many of our journalists have become, to write stories about how many syllables are in words and what they think should be done about same

or something like that.


41 posted on 03/23/2014 8:01:44 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: ClearCase_guy

I thought they were proud of their homosexuality. Why would that word offend unless deep down they know the reality if what they do disgusts most people.

I have begun using anatomically correct language. When someone defends homosexuality I bluntly ask .....what do you think is normal about one man putting his penis into another mans anus?

The response is usually not supportive of that particular act.


42 posted on 03/23/2014 8:01:53 PM PDT by Josa
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To: reaganaut1
i think Filthy disease Ridden Queer is the best description...
43 posted on 03/23/2014 8:02:24 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Repent and Believe

Opposite of straight is crooked


44 posted on 03/23/2014 8:03:47 PM PDT by Josa
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To: Chode

I’m partial to the terms “Turdburglar” and “Rug Bumper”.


45 posted on 03/23/2014 8:04:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Rump ranger is good too.


46 posted on 03/23/2014 8:05:50 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: RightGeek

Yeah, I think I got that one, but did I mention:

Disease-ridden, boy-raping whackjobs?


47 posted on 03/23/2014 8:09:20 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: reaganaut1

> The accurate term “homosexual” bothers them. Good — I’ll make sure to use it instead of the euphemism “gay”.

They brought it on themselves by attacking good God-fearing people and trying to force them to accept a perverted version of marriage, gay boyscouts that no troop will ever see to find a new source of young boys to exploit and try to convert / pedophelia, services and cater to them against their own beliefs, watching them dress in drag on television shows and parades, among other detestable things...


48 posted on 03/23/2014 8:10:46 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: biff

I always use homo and queer too!


49 posted on 03/23/2014 8:11:36 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: cripplecreek
yup, dickriders all...
50 posted on 03/23/2014 8:11:59 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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