Is the word gay offensive in this sentence: "coming back to work after lunch is so gay"
It's not what the word means. You could pick another word that would express what you mean a lot better.
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.
Why unintelligent? And why that word as opposed to any other that would fit in that sentence? Sucks, blows, bites ect
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
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.
...and I am a pretty politically correct person. FWIW, I don't get too bent out of shape when I hear "retarded", either.
Would be interesting to ask if it's "appropriate" and compare the results.
I would think a lot of people that voted offensive would vote inappropriate
Yeah, but I think some who voted not offensive would vote inappropriate.
Offensive? No. Confusing use of language? Yes. Say what you mean. Slang is gay.
Is it slang if its in the dictionary?
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.
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
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.
Get over myself? I'm confused
Wasn't directed at you. Anyone that finds it offensive in general
Oh, Lol, my bad
"This poll is gay" was that offensive ?
Lol, you know, every time I post a poll, I think it sucks. So, no, not to me sir
lol.. I don't think your polls are gay :)
Both of you are gay! There I said it ;) lol I'm in a kidding mood today.. And I've been drinking..
It could be offensive but I don't always "not" do something because it could offend someone. Political correctness is over rated.
No, not offensive; just immature and improper use of the word.
Would retarded be better?
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.
rk- perfectly stated!
Not offensive to me in the least. "Gay" has been used in that manner for a long time.
Yes it has, I think the use rooted from queer or weird. Same root for homosexuality