Darragh wrote:To call something gay is an insult? Do you think gay people are cool with that. You may owe some people on these boards an apology there.
It is where I come from. Then again, we may be in different countries, so perhaps slang evolved differently here. If you have never heard the word gay used as an insult before, then maybe you misunderstood me. But where I'm from, it's used as an insult far more often than it is used to mean homosexual. Google "this thread is gay" and you'll see what I'm on about. Where I'm from, if you were to call someone gay, it wouldn't mean "you're homosexual", it would mean "you're an idiot". It just doesn't have those connotations anymore, at least not when used in this form. Hell, half the people I know thought it meant stupid before they learnt its current meaning (which continues to evolve).
In fact I have heard it used as an insult no less than three times in the last three weeks (my usage of it here notwithstanding), none of which meant homosexual. Probably some people aren't "cool" with that (note: I think questions are supposed to be ended with question marks, BTW), but that doesn't stop the word being used as an insult quite a lot.
Wow. I must be the only sraffie in existence still capable of vomprehending the literary device know as "sarcasm". Get a grip!
Oh yes, I really thought that the carriage was homosexual. I was in no way being sarcastic. After all, how could I not think this looked homosexual?
Just to confirm, the paragraph just above this image was also being sarcastic- note the general thing about not actually meaning what is written down.
If you can formulate any reasons for this image to suggest the carriage has homosexual tendancies, please feel free to post them, because I'm stuffed if I can see how it does. Before you make posts about what soomeone else has said, think "is this really what they meant?". Because a disturbingly high number of people seem to think I reckon that carriage is homosexual, for reasons I can't quite fathom. Just because I used the word "gay" to describer something, which now has several meanings, doesn't necessarily mean I think it is homosexual.
I find it utterly amazing that we can argue about someone's choice of insults.
What was this thread about anyway? Edit: Oh yes, of course, the issue of film fans and novel fans. Yes, there will be some fans of the film who haven't read the novels. But it will convince a few fans at lest to read the books. I don't exactly see the problem in all honestly- it's just a movie/book, guys!
EDIT: In response to everyone's general inability to interpret the word "gay" in an way other than strictly "homosexual", I have in fact changed the offending post so that it says the carriage looks crap, thereby ending this issue for good. If I really have offended anyone, I would apologise with all my heart, if I had one. Still, as Will pointed out, perhaps the same word has different connotations here. I still find it hard to believe that a particular word can offend so many people.