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Response to George II (Reply #13)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 01:38 PM

14. do you seriously think anyone using that term is calling for the death of homosexuals?

yes, i do know where that term came from, and no it doesn't refer to burning homosexuals. while that is a tempting direction to explore since religious heretics in England were often burned at stake and homosexuality was also a capital offense, it appears to be incorrect as the prescribed method of execution of homosexuals in 16th C England was hanging.

faggot (n.2)
"male homosexual," 1914, American English slang, probably from earlier contemptuous term for "woman" (1590s), especially an old and unpleasant one, in reference to faggot (n.1) "bundle of sticks," as something awkward that has to be carried (compare baggage "worthless woman," 1590s). It may also be reinforced by Yiddish faygele "homosexual" (n.), literally "little bird." It also may have roots in British public school slang noun fag "a junior who does certain duties for a senior" (1785), with suggestions of "catamite," from fag (v.). This also spun off a verb (see fag (v.2).
https://www.etymonline.com/word/faggot
"...The explanation that male homosexuals were called faggots because they were burned at the stake as punishment is an etymological urban legend."

anyway, the suggestion that someone using the term as insulting slang intrinsically wishes violence upon homosexuals is misplaced and ignores common usage. context, right?

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