Thursday, September 24, 2009

You Probably Think This Word Is About You

Choire Sicha has an interesting point about the use of the word gay to mean lame.

9 comments:

Pegleg Pete said...

What's up, pussycat? What's your take on last week's discussion about Almagor article?

Anonymous said...

Dumb used to mean mute... funny how people use disabilities to belittle other people.

Often, people would offend other people "Are you deaf or something?"

as if deafness is a bad thing.

Irene Fahrenwald said...

That's so jejune! (Says she, desperately thumbing through the thesaurus...)
Irene

Anonymous said...

Is it lame to say "book dummy"?

Anonymous said...

I have great hopes for the word "FAIL." I hope it takes over the world.

lili said...

i've seen this sort of observation before, and it makes me just a TEENY bit uncomfortable. Because even though there is nothing wrong with being lame or being dumb, I still don't think it's right to compare them with being gay. Because being gay isn't a disability.

Roger Sutton said...

But Lili, the usage here of lame and dumb isn't synonymous with disabled. I was going to say that in this case gay=lame=dumb=dorky, but my dictionary tells me that dorky is derived from penis. Who knew?

Anonymous said...

wow, dorky...

how about geek:

a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake

[from Websters]

AJ Albinak said...

Well, I'm definitely going to stop saying, "I'm such a geek", after reading THAT definition. :)