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Re: CHAT: Profile of a Conlanger

From:Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>
Date:Sunday, May 16, 1999, 2:53
On Sat, 15 May 1999, Nik Taylor wrote:

> "J. Barefoot" wrote: > > I don't mean to offend anyone by pursuing this, but I have a question. > > This is an old usage? Exactly where are you from? That's a usage here in > > Alabama too, but a fairly new one, and a semantic shift that I found > > interesting when I noticed it. > > Same here (Northwest Florida, AKA Baja Alabama :-)), it seems to be a > general put-down, originally from stereotypes about homosexual behavior, > but it now a more general put-down, tho there's still some homosexual > connotations to it.
I don't know how old the usage is, all I know is that we learnt it from people older than us. Whether it started out life as a homosexual put down I can't say. It held no such connotations for us; though it seems to be taking on a more sinister shadow, which I squarely blame modern "education" for. Padraic.
> > -- > "It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father > was hanged." - Irish proverb > > > ICQ: 18656696 > AIM Screen-name: NikTailor >