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Texaroo Donating Member (155 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-28-06 04:10 PM
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34. There IS a pop culture etymology to this use...
Originally, a decade or so ago, the use was absolutely perjorative. In the original sense, it meant "overly flamboyant," specifically as in Rip Taylor, or Jack from Will & Grace, for the young'in's. I think it has moderated with the current teens - I have even heard gay teens use it as a descriptor of something stupid. I would never use it, but I am a few decades removed from teendom.

Think of how the term "screwed" is used. When I was young, that word, as in, "You're screwed, dude," would get you to the principal's office. And was censored from TV (even SNL). Now, you hear it on commercials.
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