The Oxford English Dictionary just called up to tell me that I’m a distracted old fool. I managed to publish my Challenge post for the letter R, before the one for Q. Oh well, back to kindergarten….A, B, C, D 😳
Queer as a Nine-Dollar bill…. The world, or at least The United States, has become more and more polarized. Once, not long ago, the above phrase would merely have indicated an oddity. Now, the word ‘queer’ is an epithet, an insult, an attack, an accusation.
It was once said that, “The man who does not trust himself – beats his wife.” Now apparently, the men(?) who don’t trust themselves –beat up on faggots – or guys they think are homos – or who might be homosexual.
More and more, the moral absolutists have highjacked the language for their own narrow-minded purposes. The word gay once meant happy, carefree, merry, pleasurable, brilliant, or brightly-colored. Now, the first 10 definitions in the dictionary are all about homosexuality. You have to search way down to the bottom, to remember Happy Days. The singer Marvin Gay got so much nasty harassment from his high school mates, that he legally changed his name to Marvin Gaye.
A Queen (as opposed to the Queen) used to be just a cross-dresser. He might, or might not, bat (or catch) for the other team. Nowadays, even if he’s got an understanding wife, and four kids, it’s assumed, and loudly proclaimed, that he must be gay.
Besides the late Freddy Mercury, I don’t know which of the members of the rock group Queen are homosexual. I don’t care! I come for the music, not the moral judgement. I remember the comic/actor David Spade telling a talk-show host about going to his first Queen concert, and watching the boys doing a lot of bum-bumping on stage. Even the name, QUEEN, hadn’t tipped him off.
When I was young, the word sissy merely indicated a guy who preferred to stay at home and read, or, Heaven forbid, study. Now, if you’re not out on the playing field, getting your ass handed to you by the bully-boy jocks, sissy must mean gay. I chuckle, because more often than is realized, that sensitive, understanding (gay) sissy is screwing the jock’s girlfriend while he tutors her in calculus.
I think I’m quite finished for now, but don’t you quit on me. I’ll see you here again soon. 😀