Will Young ponders on the changing meaning of the word ‘gay’

Gay word

In this article by Will Young he reflects on how the meaning of the word ‘gay’ has changed from ‘a sense of abandon’ or happiness, through to meaning a particular sexual orientation and then on to denoting anything that is weird or bad … read more here

  • How can we trust language as a way of knowing when a word’s meaning can change  so much over time?
  • How can sometimes subtle deviations in the meaning of words exclude others?
  • What are the ethical implications with the careless use of this word in a social context?
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One Response to Will Young ponders on the changing meaning of the word ‘gay’

  1. After reading this article, I believe that language is limited due to the nature of words changing over a period of time. A word can be interpreted in many different ways, as humans, we use language in order to communicate our thoughts and opinions, however what happens when a word is used so often that it stands for and has no actual meaning? what are the ethical implications that take place with the careless use of a word? In the article above, Will Young states that “Language is key. Language is everything.” He portrays the idea of language as being prominent and vital in order for modern society to be able to communicate with one another.. “after all, what else do we have?”

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