For as long as I can remember, people around me, including myself, have used the phrase, "That's gay" to show empathy to someone's problems or to some tragedy of sorts. Here is an example of a made-up interaction between two people using said phrase:
Guy 1: "Aw man, I got an F on that last test."
Guy 2: "That's gay."
About a few years ago or so, I stumbled upon an article (I can't remember where exactly, but I know it was a stupid teenager site) that talked about how offensive it was to the person whenever someone used the phrase "that's gay" or any variations of it involving the word 'gay' as a way to express how a situation or thing sucks.
I know this is a dumb poll, and totally unnecessary, but I'm really curious if anyone here (especially those who are gay or consider themselves "bi") actually gets offended by the phrase.
Note: I suddenly see some problems arising if there are people who actually get offended by that phrase... oh well. No flaming D:<
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But how is it used incorrectly? Technically, calling men gay is using it incorrectly as the original meaning of the word was "happy". Words evolve and change/add meanings. No matter how annoying it is. o: So essentially, I agree with Maggot.It doesn't really offend me per se, it just annoys the pants out of me when people say it, because not only is it overused, it is overused incorrectly. So I voted yes.
I don't use the phrase myself, but it doesn't bother me when others do. I'm not easily offended, and I tend to not even notice things that might offend some.
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First of all, Fritz, do yourself a favor and research your own answers before you post.
It doesn't really offend me per se, it just annoys the pants out of me when people say it. So I voted yes.
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I do find it more offensive if the person saying it does happen to be anti-gay than if I know they are not. A bit of a double-standard, maybe, but homophobes are more likely to be using it derogatorily and/or actually mean insult when using the word.
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