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Euphemisms Some words are used to classify people Words used today werent always considered derogatory or insulting in the past People use everyday words and no one realizes what they say and what it really means for all they know they can be offending themselves or even theyre own culture Some words do not even derive from the English language Also some words are modified to mean something a little less than what it was originally meant to mean A lot of words that are used today offend people which originally meant something else that was less offending One of the most offending words used today is gay the word gay was adopted about four decades agoThe Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories p189 The movie star Gene Autry who was in the movie The Gay Cowboy and to the best of my knowledge a homosexual brought to light a new definition of gayWord Histories p189 However originally gay was a word that meant happy or joyful yet now it is used as a hate word and sometimes used to mean that something or someone is dumb or sucks For example if someone were to say Hey man the professor gave a big lecture after the test we just took a mid-term And his friend said Man thats gay That would be one way that the word gay is commonly used today The word idiot is another common word people use today idiot can mean that someone on is stupid or unintelligent its also a word I use from time to time For instance my boyfriend will say I want to get a CRX when I buy a new car I respond and say your an idiot I used the word idiot to mean that he is stupid because he is about 62 and there is no way he is going to be comfortable in that car The word idiot is a Greek adjective idios
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