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  •  Well, this issue gets confusing because (none)
    the meaning of language is socially determined--so, what I think you're saying is that if someone called a band "gay" as a way of saying that it's "bad," that wouldn't offend you.  But I can assure you that if I were your friend, and I heard you use that form of speech, I would see it as making the verbal equation that gay = bad, and I'd call you on it.  And it isn't solely up to the user of the language to determine whether it harms or not--I might, for instance, love peanuts, but that doesn't mean I can insist that my friend who is allergic must, therefore, eat the peanut crunch I lovingly prepared.  Regardless of my intent, that peanut crunch would be toxic for my friend.

    ...the White House will be adorned by a downright moron...H.L. Mencken

    by bibble on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 04:49:46 PM PDT

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