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The Walrus what phrases do you hate? (187* d) RE: what phrases do you hate? 05 Aug 07


One word that irritates me is 'Homophobia'

The trait being described is not HOMOphobia but HETROphobia, a hatred or fear of that which is DIFFERENT - the only people who could commit what are commonly described as 'Homophobic offences against gays and be TRUELY Homophobic are Homosexuals (ditto straights against straights).

HOMO = Same. As in homosexual, homogeneus, homophone, homonym.
HETRO = Different. As in hetrosexual, hetrogenius, hetrodox, hetromorphic.

It's a silly point, but it has a similar effect (to me) as fingernails on a black-board.
Ah well, the term is too deeply dug in for me to be able to do anything about it.

Am I a pedant?

Walrus


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