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  •  You know, when you mention that, (7+ / 0-)

    the number of times I've heard people call something "gay" or use the word "f***" has dropped precipitously in the last five years.  Not to zero, but definitely dropped precipitously.

    I'm 4'11" and in a wheelchair so I have no business challenging people who are either bigger than me or have more legs than me but, when able to do safely, I definitely made it known that I was not comfortable with that kind of language.

    Hopefully my lack of hearing that has not just been self-selection on my part and it's instead actually improving.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:26:17 AM PST

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    •  Absolutely (4+ / 0-)

      When I was a kid, we had no idea what being gay meant, but it was commonplace to call someone "gay" when they were being weird, or a jerk, or whatever.  We played a game with a football called "smear the queer," which basically meant you try to tackle the guy with the football, and he drops it, and someone else picks it up and you try to tackle him.  Totally an 8-year-old boy's game.  I think it's a perfect example of choosing a word with a negative valence because it rhymes:  If the correct verb were smerk instead of smear, we'd have called it smerk the jerk.  

      A 47% return on investment--that's pretty doggoned good!

      by deminva on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:53:54 AM PST

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