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JustBob July 21st, 2013 1:37pm

Is the word gay offensive in this sentence: "coming back to work after lunch is so gay"

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Octopus
07/21/13 4:13 pm

It's not what the word means. You could pick another word that would express what you mean a lot better.

HopefulChaos ohio
07/21/13 11:07 am

Using that term just shows how unintelligent you really are. I can't help but think a but less of someone when I hear them say that.

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JustBob Your anger fascinates me
07/21/13 1:42 pm

Why unintelligent? And why that word as opposed to any other that would fit in that sentence? Sucks, blows, bites ect

kateXcore Dark side of the moon
07/21/13 11:05 am

It depends where you work.If you're a male prostitute who sleeps with other men, definitely not offensive. :P
Seriously, I don't think it's offensive. All of my gay friends say things like that. And like Michael Scott said, gay used to mean lame. :P

0000000
07/21/13 10:32 am

I agree, it's immature but not offensive. I have a gay friend who would think it's funny if I used that term to describe something. My 13 year old says it with friends sometimes, I just remind her to watch where/who she says it around.

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0000000
07/21/13 10:34 am

...and I am a pretty politically correct person. FWIW, I don't get too bent out of shape when I hear "retarded", either.

ClarityRose Now taking suggestions
07/21/13 9:26 am

Would be interesting to ask if it's "appropriate" and compare the results.

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JustBob Your anger fascinates me
07/21/13 11:52 am

I would think a lot of people that voted offensive would vote inappropriate

ClarityRose Now taking suggestions
07/21/13 12:11 pm

Yeah, but I think some who voted not offensive would vote inappropriate.

cyanospool The Deep North
07/21/13 9:03 am

Offensive? No. Confusing use of language? Yes. Say what you mean. Slang is gay.

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JustBob Your anger fascinates me
07/21/13 9:12 am

Is it slang if its in the dictionary?

cyanospool The Deep North
07/21/13 4:17 pm

There's plenty of slang in the dictionary. A lot of the English language is slang, but most of it is so widely known, it's common language. So I should say I dislike fad slang. "Gay" has had so many changing definitions, it's just getting annoying.

mikeey1962 on SOH where else
07/21/13 8:26 am

But I say it anyway, I have a son that is, and I always mess with with him... Love him but I gotta tease him.. It's a parents duty to mess with your kids specially when they are older and figure out you might have been right a few times

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thatguy81 here
07/21/13 7:49 am

It's the fifth definition in the dictionary
"5. awkward, stupid, or bad; lame: This game is really gay."

It's not offensive, get over yourself.

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JustBob Your anger fascinates me
07/21/13 7:52 am

Get over myself? I'm confused

thatguy81 here
07/21/13 8:32 am

Wasn't directed at you. Anyone that finds it offensive in general

patron Miami
07/21/13 6:43 am

"This poll is gay" was that offensive ?

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JustBob Your anger fascinates me
07/21/13 6:46 am

Lol, you know, every time I post a poll, I think it sucks. So, no, not to me sir

0000000
07/21/13 10:29 am

lol.. I don't think your polls are gay :)

patron Miami
07/21/13 11:05 am

Both of you are gay! There I said it ;) lol I'm in a kidding mood today.. And I've been drinking..

fixitlater My Life
07/21/13 6:41 am

It could be offensive but I don't always "not" do something because it could offend someone. Political correctness is over rated.

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rk1222 Gone so soon
07/21/13 6:40 am

No, not offensive; just immature and improper use of the word.

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JustBob Your anger fascinates me
07/21/13 6:47 am

Would retarded be better?

rk1222 Gone so soon
07/21/13 6:52 am

No (if anything it's worse). I'm not saying it's absolutely wrong to say but it certainly shows a lack if maturity and absence of vocabulary. The people who say those kinds of things don't mean it to be offensive and it isn't-it's just stupid.

c2alife Long Island
07/21/13 9:36 am

rk- perfectly stated!

EarlyBird Portland
07/21/13 6:39 am

Not offensive to me in the least. "Gay" has been used in that manner for a long time.

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JustBob Your anger fascinates me
07/21/13 6:43 am

Yes it has, I think the use rooted from queer or weird. Same root for homosexuality