OT language crap Re: Insect Conductivity - language?

From: Bob Shannon <bshannon_at_tiac.net>
Date: Sun Aug 1 07:56:05 2004

Ahhh, so there is a rational reason to be careful with your choice of words!

Vintage Computer Festival wrote:

>On Tue, 27 Jul 2004, Joe R. wrote:
>>At 07:23 AM 7/27/04 -0700, Sellam wrote:
>>>I have yet to hear a rational reason why anyone should not feel free to
>>>use the words of their choosing. Because, after all, they are just words.
>> Boy, that's certainly not the reaction that I got from you over the use
>>of the word Fag. Do I sense a double standard here?
>That's because calling someone a "fag" is somewhat like calling someone a
>"nigger". You just don't do that unless you really want to offend
>someone. It's a term of hate.
>Take the context you used it in--"BATF fags"--and replace "fags" with
>"niggers" and you (I hope) get my point.
>In my case, I was using perfectly valid language to perfectly express the
>way I felt about the TSA, ants, et al. It did not involve using a
>pointed derogatory term to offend any particular person. I was merely
>using an adverb in context.
>Joe, you can of course use any language that you please. I was merely
>pointing out that using that particular language can really hurt people,
>perhaps even people you like, and people who like you.
Received on Sun Aug 01 2004 - 07:56:05 BST

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