This is so gay

Some busy-body teacher is trying to ban the use of the word gay.

A teacher is on a mission to ban the word “gay” from pupils’ everyday speech.

Warren Bowers, who has done a master’s degree on homosexuality in education, said New Zealand children and teenagers seemed to use “gay” as a negative colloquial term more than pupils in other countries.

“Quite often teachers just ignore it … teachers will pull kids up on using sexist language, they’ll pull kids up on using racist language … but if kids use that word ‘gay’ … quite often, they’ll just let it slide.”

Hasn’t he realised the usage has changed? And many years ago too. Words evolve over time.

Wikipedia notes this:

A 2006 BBC ruling by the Board of Governors over the use of the word in this context by Chris Moyles on his Radio 1 show, “I do not want that one, it’s gay,” advises “caution on its use” for this reason:
“The word ‘gay’, in addition to being used to mean ‘homosexual’ or ‘carefree’, was often now used to mean ‘lame’ or ‘rubbish’. This is a widespread current usage of the word amongst young people… The word ‘gay’ … need not be offensive… or homophobic … The governors said, however, that Moyles was simply keeping up with developments in English usage. … The committee… was “familiar with hearing this word in this context.” The governors believed that in describing a ring tone as ‘gay’, the DJ was conveying that he thought it was ‘rubbish’, rather than ‘homosexual’. … The panel acknowledged however that this use… in a derogatory sense… could cause offence in some listeners, and counselled caution on its use. ”

Some time ago Gay changed from meaning happy and carefree to homosexual. Fred Flinstone used to encourage children to have a gay old time according to his theme song.

Southpark spent an entire episode taking the piss out of the use of alleged gay slurs. As this critical piece says:

Words evolve. Their usage evolves. I don’t actually agree that we’re at that point with gay slurs like “fag” or “that’s so gay,” but I can recognize that it’s coming. If you talk to the average 15-year-old using those terms to denote something “lame”, they’re most likely very gay supportive. They’d actually be offended that you think they were homophobic. The word just doesn’t mean the same to them as it does to many adults.

Gays against Fags

Warren Bower is just being gay by trying to ban people using it to describe actions like his.


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  • tookinator

    What about the movie ‘The Gay Divorcee’

  • kram

    This teacher Bloke looks like a bit of a poofter……

  • roger

    Ps Cam some help, did he complete the nose picking modual in his master’s degree on homo­sex­u­al­ity?, this boy will go far in liarbor if he goes to the dark side.

  • grizz

    Recently I watched a flick called “The Dilema”. There was a line in it discussing electric cars: “Electric cars are Gay. No Homosexual Gay……. But Gay”

    So yes, while being gay is no longer lame and now acceptable, the meaning of gay has now changed to mean lame.

    All due respect, the English language has changed and evolved immensely over the years. Read Shakespeare. Then Read Chaucer. If you can understand that, then go read something like Beowulf and you will think you are reading a totally different language. It is totally incomprehensible, yet it was old English.

  • oswaldbastable

    Ask any kid. It means lame- as you said.

    So it could mean ‘schoolteacher’, too…

  • grizz

    Only Southpark could use the word Nigger multiple times in an episode and get away with it. If there was ever a classic Southpark episode, that would be up there.

  • tristanb

    As someone with weak legs from polio, I am furious about the use of the word “lame” to describe something unenjoyable and unpopular.

    I intend to take this up with the HRC, as well as the homos at Wikipedia.

    • oswaldbastable

      Hey! I have a gimp leg too! I’m victim of a hate crime!

      Oh crap- I said Gimp!!!

  • reid

    Gay apparently came out of San Fran in the 60’s (where else) and stands for “Good As You.”

    To some it’s a poignant observation of the anguish many youth really do experience when coming out.

    So my theory is, when kinds say something is weally, weally gay, they’re really saying, this is really good.

    You’d think this guy who apparently has a degree in homo studies would know that already wouldn’t you, but as usual, it takes a good old conservative to clarify the issue after the stupid lefties have once again, muddied the waters with their appalling ignorance and misperception of what a really very common word actually truly means. Perhaps his degree was from Massey or something. That would explain it.

    • jaghut

      Why the Massey hate? D: It’s not my fault all the course staff at my politics paper belong to the Labour Party :l

  • gaskranken

    So if it means lame now, won’t be too long before it means limp and then we can say shit like, ` Carter, the fucking princess was very gay last night.’

  • steve

    This is gay:

    A new middle east crisis erupted last night as Dubai Television was
    refused permission to broadcast ‘The Flintstones’. A spokesman for the
    channel said….
    ‘A claim was made that people in Dubai would not understand the humour,
    but we know for a fact that people in Abu Dhabi Do.’

  • A further illustration of how language changes over the generations is my Dad and myself.
    As a Teen I said to him about a boy that I fancied, ” He is such a Spunk ” ” He is really Spunky ” My Dad cringed and asked me to stop saying it. I asked why. He said that in his day Spunk meant, come as in sperm LOL

  • bigkev

    you can get a master’s degree on homo­sex­u­al­ity in edu­ca­tion!?!?, ya gota be jokin me

  • james

    And guess what Kev….you are funding it it! Ain’t coercive taxation just great?

  • kram

    As a person with only one leg I once joked to an audience of wheelchair users that I was a bit of a cripple. You could have heard a pin drop and I was critisized for demeaning myself. Go figure!