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From: Hal Vaughan <hal_at_thresholddigital.com>
Date: 2006-10-03 16:50:21 CEST

On Tuesday 03 October 2006 10:38, Ted Dennison wrote:
> Ted Dennison wrote:
> > I have to admit, its a pretty good job of cursing, in the American
> > Homophobic style. Most impressive for someone posting from Norway,
> > who presumably is not a native speaker.
> After looking at the OP more carefully, I have to say that I think I
> was in error. It is most likely an example of English (as opposed to
> American) Homophobic. The tip-off is the use of the word "FAIRIES".
> That is, I believe (from a lifetime of Monty Python watching), a
> typical derogatory term for homosexual in England, but is not in
> common use in the US. We prefer a term which the English instead use
> to designate a cigarette. The potential for awkward misunderstandings
> caused by this is left as an exercise to the reader.

I've usually heard the variation, more the word that used to be used to
describe small sticks used to start a fire.

One time I was working at a summer camp here, in the US, in the woods,
and there was a country store nearby. One of our exchange counselors
from London walked in to the store and asked for cigarettes, but using
the British slang for them. It was a kick to see the clerk's face when
she thought he was asking for homosexuals.

> That is an interesting thought though. Perhaps the Norwegian OP
> learned his English from attending soccer matches, and thus this is
> the only way he knows how to frame an English sentence?

Perhaps he's just a frustrated and socially inept person who doesn't
realize that rudeness is a weak man's imitation of strength.


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