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“That’s So Gay”

Jim Burroway

March 18th, 2008

It’s the number one insult among school kids, and why strong anti-bulling measures which specifically address sexual orientation is so badly needed. After all, if you can’t even talk about the most common insult, what is there to talk about?

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Mombian » Blog Archive » Survival of the Tolerant
March 19th, 2008 | LINK

[…] of the term in a pejorative sense, and an interesting read for language geeks as well. (Thanks to Box Turtle Bulletin for the […]

howller
March 19th, 2008 | LINK

Not only is “Gay” first on the list, but 8 out of the 11 most commonly used insults are derogatory slang terms for homosexual people. If that doesn’t describe a suspect class, I don’t know how much more evidence one would need.

John
March 20th, 2008 | LINK

Wow, this is an interesting statistic!

Actually, is “gay” the #1 insult in America? I read the BBC article and it seemed the statistic is based on a survey of British schoolteachers. Am I reading it wrong?

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