Gay = happy. Gay = same sex attraction. Now Gay = crap

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    Nov 25, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/24/using-gay-mean-crap-bullying-gap-people

    Do you hear people saying "this is so gay" meaning "it is so crap"? I have been in schools before and I have heard young students say this. I have told them that this language is not acceptable.

    Also, even my straight friends say "don't be gay" which means "don't be stupid". I know it's in jest but it can cause tensions because I am know it can be offensive.

    How would you react if someone said this to you?
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    Nov 25, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    Shawnathan saidThere's a sticker on my door that says, "Homophobia is gay"


    That is good. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 25, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    FutureBanana said
    How would you react if someone said this to you?


    People have been saying this since before I was in middle school, i.e. at least 15 years. It's stupid, and a shitty way for the English language to evolve. All you can do is make people who say it aware that they are being offensive, and hope they have the good sense to stop.
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    Nov 27, 2013 11:02 AM GMT
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25097085

    "Will Young: Teach children what 'gay' really means"

    26 November 2013 Last updated at 00:05 GMT

    The singer Will Young has called on schools and parents to educate children about the misuse of the word "gay".