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Old 02-22-2012, 09:15 AM   #5688 (permalink)
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A Well-Respected Man (1965) - The Kinks

Originally Posted by VEGANGELICA View Post
The word "faggot" as a slur originated because of homophobia and so can be perceived as derogatory toward gay people and as perpetuating discrimination against gay people whenever it used as a putdown, even if the speaker doesn't intend the word to be a putdown of homosexuality.
I disagree about the origin. English is a fluid language where context is often all-important.
And 'fag' or 'faggot' has never been exclusively a homosexual slur.

And he likes his own backyard,
And he likes his fags the best,
'Cause he's better than the rest,
And his own sweat smells the best . . .

[from The Kinks' 'A Well-Respected Man']

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