Tag Archives: language

Student Vs Apple Over “Gay” Definition

A Massachusetts student has launched a campaign for Apple to remove one of the definitions for “gay” that comes up when using their devices. Becca Gorman, 15, said she first found the pejorative definition for the word while doing a research project for school last week. According to a screen capture she took of the dictionary application on her MacBook …

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The Gays Are Word Thieves

“Who could blame Hallmark for changing the Christmas carol from ‘Don we now our gay apparel’ to ‘Don we now our fun apparel’ because homosexual activists stole the word ‘gay.’ It used to mean ‘happy’ and ‘joyful’ – and now it means, basically, identifying a sexual perversion: homosexuality. So I don’t blame Hallmark for making this change. Homosexual activists stole …

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VETOED: Baylor’s Plan To Replace “Homosexual Acts” With “Deviate Sexual”

Last week the Baylor University student government voted to replace “homosexual acts” with “deviate sexual acts” in its list of banned behaviors. Because that, somehow, was supposed to make gay students “feel more loved.” Yesterday the student body president vetoed the change. (Tipped by JMG reader Rob)

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Hallmark Edits “Gay” Ornament

Hallmark doesn’t want anybody to accidentally have a gay Christmas. Via Huffington Post: One of Hallmark’s 2013 Keepsake ornaments is intended as a colorful homage to “Deck the Halls,” but the featured line contains a notable change in the traditional carol’s lyrics. A spokeswoman for Hallmark said the line was intentionally changed to prevent misinterpretation by holiday shoppers. “When the …

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David, Michael, Jacob

Most popular boy names by year. Girl names here.

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Baylor Replaces “Homosexual Acts” With “Deviate Sexual” In Student Conduct Code

In 2011, Baylor University, a private Baptist school in Texas, offered a course titled Homosexuality As A Gateway Drug.  And now there’s this. The Student Senate passed the Sexual Misconduct Code Non-Discrimination Act, a proposal to reword Baylor’s Sexual Misconduct Code, in the Student Senate meeting Thursday. The act proposed to remove the phrase “homosexual acts” from the code and …

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The Onion On Football’s Redskins

The internet collectively gasped yesterday when the Onion took its latest shot at the long-running controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins. WASHINGTON—Denying widespread claims that the franchise is being offensive or disrespectful, the Washington Redskins’ kike owner announced Monday that he remains steadfast in his refusal to change the team’s derogatory name. “The Redskins represent 81 years of …

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Mary, Lisa, Jennifer, Ashley, Sophia

Most popular female baby names by year. Via WaPo.

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Queers Don’t Need A Piece Of Paper

“What’s it gonna take to get these queers to realize they don’t need a piece of paper. God will not bless their union because he plainly speaks against queers in the Bible. Want to cover your queer with insurance? Buy a policy. Want your queer to get your stuff when you die? Make a will. All I can say is …

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Today’s Teapocrisy Alert

If you go to any of the Tea Party sites today, you’ll see that they are VERY UPSET about the above sign displayed at an Organizing For Obama rally at the US Capitol. And in the comments of those posts, you’ll see many, many examples of the most common epithet long used against progressives: “libtard.” (Less commonly, “leftard.”) The sign …

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Linguistic Factoid Via Dan Savage

Details.

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Chris Kluwe On Artful Swearing

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Isaiah Washington, Part II

JMG reader Gregory writes: “Just wanted to let you know as a follow-up to your post on Isaiah Washington and his crocodile tears about how he lost so much because of nasty gay people, I tweeted him last night and he tweeted me back, calling the guy he called ‘faggot’ equivalent to Lance Armstrong. He then deleted the post.” (Here’s …

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New Word

Source.

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The Vocal Fry

Blame the Kardashians?

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Associated Press On Chelsea Manning

The Associated Press has updated its writing guidelines regarding Chelsea Manning. The Associated Press will henceforth use Pvt. Chelsea E. Manning and female pronouns for the soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning, in accordance with her wishes to live as a woman. Manning announced her wishes last Thursday after being sentenced to 35 years in Fort Leavenworth military prison and …

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New York Times On Chelsea Manning

The New York Times is being rather public about its quandary on properly gendering Chelsea Manning, noting that while they want to handle the situation respectfully, there’s no precedent for talking about a person of such “extraordinary prominence.” Toward that end, she [deputy editor Susan Wessling] said, “We’ll probably use more words than less.” In other words, The Times will …

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LGBT Orgs Respond To Chelsea Manning

ACLU LGBT Project In response to Chelsea Manning’s disclosure that she is female, has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and will be seeking hormone therapy as a part of her transition during her incarceration, public statements by military officials that the Army does not provide hormone therapy to treat gender dysphoria raise serious constitutional concerns. Gender dysphoria is a serious …

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CM Punk’s Grammar Slam

More of his slams are at The Nerdist.

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Quote Of The Day – Spike Lee

“First of all, I’m not homophobic. Because I have a character say the word ‘faggot’ or ‘homo’ that does not mean that I’m homophobic. Martin Scorsese is not racist. The characters are people he grew up with, characters in the mean streets — that’s those people talking, not him. In that world, those are the things people say. When I …

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