Right. Like I said in an earlier post, I personally wouldn't have used that term, but something that I think has been lost with time in modern society is our appreciation for nuance, context, and the overall "vibe" that one gets hearing certain words. Who's saying the words? In what context? How are they delivering the words? These are all very relevant questions that need to be asked to really determine if something is offensive (or, for that matter, even intended to be offensive) or not. As George Carlin once said, "There is no such thing as a 'bad word,' it's the context that makes them good or bad."ABED wrote: ↑Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:46 pmYeah, but it was more like saying "fuck", not something you say in polite company, but not usually considered morally objectionable.Hellspawn28 wrote: ↑Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:36 pmWords like "Faggot" was still not a good thing to say back in the late 90s and early 2000s. I remember kids that I knew got in trouble for using that word in Elementary school without knowing the full meaning of the world. I even had kids call me that word despite me not being gay because they thought it was another word for being an idiot.
I mean, when I was in middle school, I was called "fag" (a word that I'm spelling out only to avoid confusion with the phrase "the f-word," as that typically means "fuck") all the time when me and my friends played Halo...it had nothing to do with my sexuality, and everything to do with me being a lousy shot with the sniper rifle. Those same friends, even back then, would never, in a million years, either in public or private, actually use that term to refer to an actual homosexual person. The reason they wouldn't do that is because they knew that, in that context, it would be very mean-spirited and offensive, and that's just not the kind of people they were (or are today, for that matter).