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My thoughts on imaginary lesbianism - Her Most Regal Majesty, the Queen of Snark
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My thoughts on imaginary lesbianism
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the_magician From: the_magician Date: November 8th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
The thing about communication that some people forget is that it's a complex thing. And you start by having something you want to say, then you encode it into a bunch of words and send them (along with visual and vocal cues if you are face to face, without if you're only sending text) across to one or more other people, each of whom decodes the message you sent by assigning meaning to the words received based on experience, education, blind guesses and with adjustments based on the vocal and visual cues (e.g. sarcasm, inquiry, emphasis, uncertainty etc.)

So if you send me the word "vegetarian" as a meal choice, then I have my own lookup table of what that means, and that might vary if I've seen you in the past eating fish. Or if you're a Hindu I may know that vegetarian includes no eggs but milk and cheese are ok.

There are many words that have been hijacked over the years and now have either the opposite meaning, or some overloaded meaning (e.g. "gay", and given the glum homosexuals I've met from time to time, that's sometimes a singularly inappropriate term) ... for that matter "gay" seems to be gaining sway as the male equivalent of "lesbian" where I'm sure it used to be applied pretty equally to both (e.g. GLBT societies)
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 8th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
To the extent that I now find myself longing for a word that unambiguously means "male homosexual". I wish they'd reclaim the word "poofter". It has such a wonderful sound. PLBT also works.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 8th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also "Poofter Pride" is alliterative, so even more win.
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