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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Something Queer Is Going On Here

Just a random observation, but do you realize that homosexuals (I hate using that word, but I need a synonym) have completely taken over the words "gay" and "queer"? They used to be happy, innocent words once upon a time.
"Gay" meant "joyful and carefree" and "queer" was used when something was odd or strange. You don't hear them used that way anymore.

Who of us doesn't smirk just a little (even if it's just on the inside) when we hear the theme song to The Flintstones when they get to the lyric "We'll have a gay old time!" or when Maria belts out "I feel pretty, and witty, and gay!" in West Side Story, or when Alice has downed the bottle that says "drink me" in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and is "feeling quite queer"?
We smirk because it's sounds strange to us.
Queer, even.

Just like we say Kleenex when we're talking about any kind of tissue, and Q-Tips when we mean any kind of cotton swab, "gay" and "queer" aren't really used in any other kind of way but to mean homosexual (there's that word again) nowadays.
No one (at least I've never heard it) goes around saying "I had a gay time last night!" or "I'm feeling rather queer today", unless they're trying to be funny.

It's ironic, though, because "happy", "carefree", "odd" and "strange" are words that describe me perfectly.