Tuesday 18 March 2008

How 'gay' became children's insult of choice- Mar 18- BBC News
The word "gay" is now the most frequently used term of abuse in schools, says a report. How did it get to be so prevalent and why do children use homophobic insults to get at each other?
The commenters pile on the usual confusion except for the fellow who noted: "I suspect this is a reaction to the pushing of politically correct ideas on a reasonable population... The same has happened with the term "special" which comes from "special needs"... I often hear it used by young people to question people's intellectual capacity. The currency of kids' conversation is often mean - and that's part of the rough and tumble of their lives. Children relish the use of unacceptable terminology.
(link via hayley campbell, our bad language correspondent))
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Man auctions his life
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A man in Australia is auctioning his life -- his house, his job, his clothes and his friends -- on eBay, after his marriage broke up, saying he wants to start a new life. Ian Usher, 44, said his life auction, which starts on June 22, included not only his house, a car, a motorbike, a jet ski and a spa, but also an introduction to "great friends" and a job at a rug shop in Perth for a trial two-week period.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's so gay.

18 March 2008 at 21:37:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Mr. Usher wanted to start a completely new life, he should throw his name, passport, and credit rating into the deal -- then auction himself again tabula rasa. He'd probably get some kind of sweet corporate sponsorship.

"And good day to you, Mr. Weetabix."

19 March 2008 at 10:55:00 GMT-5  
Blogger James Robert Smith said...

Well, homosexuals are the last minority it's okay to insult publicly. Or so it seems from standing about and listening to other people speak.

"Thank god for the Arabs," one gay friend told me.


I don't think I'd want to move to Perth.

20 March 2008 at 02:33:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Hayley Campbell said...

Arthur C Clarke gay?

"No, merely mildly cheerful."

21 March 2008 at 04:17:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Robert E. Lee said...

In Brooklyn the fave is he's a "jerk off".

1 April 2008 at 21:43:00 GMT-5  

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