Posted: 18 January 2011 08:19 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m leaving this open for discussion.  What do you think?

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Posted: 18 January 2011 09:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hello my friend. Can you expand on the premise a bit?

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Posted: 18 January 2011 09:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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By this I mean, I get your point, people infer things over time because of negative things in society like porn and because of slang and such, but why should it affect language? It’s subjective. Is Shakespeare any less relevant because he used words like fags for sticks or gay for happy, or is it the simple collective potty mind of the times? If so, I vote for more sex in the language. Words are words. They should be used as intended.

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Posted: 19 January 2011 04:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Like everything else, language evolves, as we can easily agree, over time. For humans, choice making is a unique trait and making good choices (both ethically and existentially, if we may distinguish them apart) is in itself a core human value. Now when we talk of language, the status of a particular language is time-bound. In Shakespeare’s time, fag didn’t mean homosexual. It’s American sex slang that made it so. And I believe porn is the reason it became popular enough to leave a stain on the very word, just like gay or ebony and so on. And it does create a problem, especially because English is not the language of English anymore; it’s a global language. I think even many Americans will find it hard to read these without embarrassment particularly when with children or even more with not-so-close friends. In writing, it can spoil the mood of the text or the impact of the message. At the least, it’s a distraction.

One important point is that sex slang, or any slang at all, hijacks terms. Instead of coining new terms, they abduct established ones and give them as permanent hostage to what I call Pornglish (in fact, after the article, I did a Google search and it was already there). So the point is that it also stifles creativity and fuels the idea/practice of appropriating what is not one’ own.

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Posted: 19 January 2011 10:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Yes. And it’s always best to give into hijackers. That usually works. Which is my point. It’s best to utilize the terms more, look those who misunderstand or purposely use pornglish and point out the original meaning, and how silly the new meaning is. When it comes to language, principle should be stood on, or the whole thing goes to pot (drug reference). Language can’t be the butt (sex) of a joke. Seriously, if we just stop using a word because someone misuses it or makes fun of it, soon we’ll have no words to use at all, so I think I’ll keep my full vocabulary and let some moron who lives in a video sex world’s vocabulary and brain dwindle away and water itself out of the gene pool.

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Posted: 19 January 2011 04:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I agree. The problem isn’t the language, it’s the people. In your article you say that kids (children) are smart enough to hack into porn sites. While the idea that porn is readily available to kids through the internet, television, magazines and so on bothers me quite a bit, it is a different issue entirely. Smart kids, heck, smart adults, intelligent people period, will understand that established English (and it isn’t only English, believe me) terms are constantly being used by someone or other to describe something else. Sometimes it affects these words in a sexual way, sometimes in a racist way, sometimes in a religious or political way, often in various demeaning ways. Sometimes it’s just plain silly and relatively harmless, even.

It’s like you said in your article, languages evolve, societies change, and generations jump in the melting pot (oops, let that one slip) and affect them further. It’s been going on for hundreds of years and it’s not going to stop. Us intelligent people are lucky in being smart and educated enough to read through the innuendos and leave the pornglish speakers to dumbify (at least I make up my own words, I don’t steal existing ones and give them a new meaning) themselves.

My buddy Dick came the other day to show me how to use my brand new hoe, and it made me gay.

Consider this for a second. Should I have written the following instead?

My buddy Richard visited me the other day to show me how to use my new garden tool, and it made me happy.

I think both work, and if anyone is offended by the former, too bad. No one should have to be a slave to language just because they’re smart enough to know that a fruit has no gender preference, a bitch walks on four legs and has no thumbs, and a healthy cock should have a beak and feathers.

Oh and deminizer *giggle* you said butt. :D

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Posted: 06 February 2011 04:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Sex is powerful, individually as metamorphosis (puberty) and a motivator (after puberty), reciprocally as a creative force (children), and tribally as a means of growth (also children - see Monty Python’s take on the Catholic Church).  The power in it has long been hijacked by leaders and rulers - governments, parents, religions, etc. 

My perspective has grown more voluntaryist over the years, and from that perspective, I’m kind of on the other side of the issue here.  I think it’s great to embarrass readers who allow their natural instincts to become taboo like that.  On the other hand, it’s great to keep readers too (by not offending them too much).  I enjoy the occasional slip of the tongue that gives a kick - a neat kick to people like me, and an unpleasant one to those who are a little too puritan for me (I suppose that’s most people).

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Posted: 06 February 2011 04:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Glad to see you’ve turned to the Dark Side. It’s not so bad. There’s even coffee and cake after the goat sacrifices and cow mutilations.

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