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  Faggot - Weird Encyclopedia
By the late 16th century the term could be used to specifically apply to the fuel used to burn heretics, and heretics who recanted were required to wear an emroidered symbol of faggots on their sleeves.
The OED dates from 1591 a slang use of 'faggot' as a term of abuse or contempt applied to a woman.
The verb 'to faggot' meant to bundle sticks but later also came to mean to recant.
www.weird-encyclopedia.com /faggot.php   (306 words)

  
 Faggot illustration - from the politically incorrect alphabet
I'm sure I'm not the first: in the UK a 'fag' is common slang for a cigarette.
'Faggot' is the name of a traditional English meatball (and also the name of a bunch of sticks).
I wouldn't deny that some people who use the word 'faggot' as an insult to distance themselves from gay people have worries about their own sexual identity, as is your experience.
homepage.ntlworld.com /watson-jones/alphabet/faggot.html   (494 words)

  
  Faggot (epithet) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Faggot or fag, in modern American, Canadian and Australian English usage, is a generally pejorative term for a gay or effeminate man. Its use has spread to varying extents elsewhere in the English-speaking world.
The word faggot is occasionally used in parts of Britain to denote a silly or foolish person, presumably as an extension of its earlier association with old women.
The use of fag and faggot to mean homosexual have become understood as an Americanism in British English, primarily due to their use in films and television series imported from the United States.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Faggot_(slang)   (1271 words)

  
 Lesson Plan: What Do "Faggot" and "Dyke" Mean?
It seems that for quite a long time, "faggot" has been the slur of choice for people wishing to insult or harass gay men, men they perceive to be gay, or men they simply wish to humiliate regardless of their targets’ sexual orientation.
"Faggot" first appeared in the U.S. during the early part of the 20th century, as a slang term for men considered to be effeminate or flamboyant.
It is unclear exactly when "faggot" came to be embraced as an all-purpose insult, but that usage no doubt derives from the belief among some straight men that the greatest possible humiliation is to be identified as gay.
www.glsen.org /cgi-bin/iowa/educator/library/record/846.html   (4108 words)

  
 Done With Mirrors
The fires were kindled with bundles of twigs, called faggots, so that the phrase fire and faggot was used to mean "punishment of a heretic." Heretics who recanted were required to wear an embroidered figure of a faggot on their sleeve as an emblem and reminder of what they deserved.
The slang use of faggot instead is probably from earlier contemptuous use of the word to mean "woman," especially an old and unpleasant one, in reference to a "bundle of sticks," as something awkward that has to be carried.
Faggot meaning "bundle of twigs bound up," ultimately comes from Latin fascis "bundle of wood." This word has another connection with executions, via Latin fasces "bundle of rods containing an axe with the blade projecting," a symbol of state authority carried before a lictor (a superior Roman magistrate).
vernondent.blogspot.com /2006/03/carnival-of-etymologies_09.html   (1174 words)

  
 Straight Dope Staff Report: How did "faggot" get to mean "male homosexual"?
Some later cites indicate heretics who repented and were spared a fiery death had to wear a picture of a faggot on their sleeve to show what might have been their fate.
But no print evidence exists that homosexuals were referred to as faggots before the twentieth century, with the origin definitely in the U.S., not Britain.
To fag or to be a fag was a common term in British schools from the late 1700s and referred to a lower classman who performed chores for upperclassmen.
www.straightdope.com /mailbag/mfaggot.html   (944 words)

  
 fag, faggot, fagot, fagoting, faggotting. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
Faggot is a taboo slang term for a male homosexual, and fag is a clipped noun form of it, also taboo.
A fagot or faggot is a small bundle, usually of sticks to be used for firewood, and a verb meaning “to make such a bundle.” Faggoting (spelled with one g or two) is an openwork embroidery stitch and the embroidery it produces.
The embroidery senses and variant spellings of these words are Standard; the homosexual senses are taboo, and the rest are either slang or at best Conversational.
www.bartleby.com /68/22/2422.html   (198 words)

  
 Online Etymology Dictionary
slang (shortened form fag is from 1921), probably from earlier contemptuous term for "woman" (1591), especially an old and unpleasant one, in reference to faggot (1) "bundle of sticks," as something awkward that has to be carried (cf.
The oft-heard statement that male homosexuals were called faggots in reference to their being burned at the stake is an etymological urban legend.
Any use of faggot in connection with public executions had long become an English historical obscurity by the time the word began to be used for "male homosexual" in 20th century American slang, whereas the contemptuous slang word for "woman" (and the other possible sources or influences listed here) was in active use.
www.etymonline.com /index.php?term=faggot   (323 words)

  
 Urban Dictionary: faggot
Urban Dictionary is a slang dictionary with your definitions.
Still, used among gay men, "faggot" is sometimes a term of affection/badge of pride, but it is still a loaded word.
Faggot: A man whose emotional, romantic, and sexual attraction is geared toward other men; in other words, a man who loves men.
www.urbandictionary.com /define.php?term=faggot   (455 words)

  
 Terminology
Slang term used pejoratively to describe homosexuals, primarily men.
Slang term used (pejoratively for some, acceptably for others) to describe homosexuals and bisexuals.
Slang term used to describe masculine behaviors by homosexuals.
rainbowyouthgroup.homestead.com /Terminology.html   (424 words)

  
 Wordorigins.org
One that commonly appears on the internet is that it is a medieval term referring to burning homosexuals at the stake, the wood in the bundle serving as fuel for the fire.
Phrases like fire and faggot and fry a faggot were used to refer to such executions, although the word faggot was never applied to the heretic himself.
Another explanation that is commonly proffered is that it is from the slang of English public schools, where a fag is a lower classman who performs chores and drudge work for seniors, with an implication that a homosexual relationship may exist.
www.wordorigins.org /index.php/site/comments/faggot   (761 words)

  
 he_helen_ki's Xanga Site
"Faggot," the cruel label for homosexuals, actually began as a contemptuous slang word for a women, especially one who was old and unpleasant.
In the thirteenth century, a faggot was a bundle of wood or twigs bound together, such as the ones carried by heretics to feed the fires that would burn them at the stake.
It wasnt until 1914 that the slang word faggot first appeared in the US as a reference to a male homosexual, probably derived from the earlier reference to an annoying woman.
www.xanga.com /he_helen_ki   (792 words)

  
 Faggot epithet: Encyclopedia II - Faggot epithet - Etymology
It has been frequently said that the pejorative use of the word derives from "faggot" in the sense of a bundle of sticks, because homosexual men were burned at the stake for sodomy and faggots were used as kindling.
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The word faggot does have a native slang meaning in Britain where it commonly denotes a silly or foolish person—someone who is "as a dumb as a bundle of sticks." In the pilot episode of the Britcom In Loving Memory from Yorkshire Television, undertaker Jeremiah Unsworth is taken under by an accident.
www.experiencefestival.com /a/Faggot_epithet_-_Etymology/id/5038669   (947 words)

  
 World Wide Words: Faggot
An urban myth says it’s associated with the faggots that were used to burn people at the stake, which seems unlikely in the extreme given a 400-year hiatus in the association.
In the sixteenth century, faggot took on associations of being burnt at the stake as a heretic, especially in the phrase fire and faggot.
There’s also a suggestion, though from after the period in which heretics were burnt, that it could also refer to a patch, embroidered with the image of a faggot, that heretics who had recanted were forced to wear on their sleeves.
www.worldwidewords.org /qa/qa-fag1.htm   (374 words)

  
 Profanity 101, Funny Profanity Lists, Category Profanity
The word was put in to slang in the 1960’s and is not very popular today, but still in use.
Faggot is a slang pejorative term for a homosexual.
The word was used in the 11th century to refer to a rump of an animal.
www.profanity101.com /2007/diggers-have-voted-if-you-swear-you   (657 words)

  
 faggot - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Faggot or fag, in modern North American and Australian English word, and generally a pejorative slur term for a gay or effeminate man. Its use has spread to varying extents...
MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE LYRICS "Faggot" I been denied all the best ultrasex I been denied all the best ultrasex I - I tried to consume just like a super faggot
This page was last modified 01:34, 8 April 2008.
ca.encarta.msn.com /faggot.html   (94 words)

  
 COMING OUT LESSON PLAN
To help students to reflect upon and critique their own understanding of the terms “faggot” and “dyke,” and the way such terms are used by people (including themselves) in their school and community
Distribute the handouts entitled The History of “Faggot” and The History of “Dyke” to each student and read them aloud as a group.
You may know that “faggot” means “a bundle of sticks.” The word “faggot” has been a part of the English language since the 1300s.
www.mtv.com /partners/cic/comingout_pt4.jhtml   (1679 words)

  
 Answering difficult questions
If the language is too crude to repeat, even with a red face and an explanation ("Someone used slang, but let me read it for you as they wrote it before I translate it."), then don't read it directly.
Identify the slang as such, in a non-judgmental sort of way (unless it is derogatory, demeaning slang…in which case identify it as a put down whether it was meant to be or not).
"Faggot" is a put-down word for a person that's a homosexual (write "homosexual" on the board).
www.metrokc.gov /health/famplan/educators/diffques.htm   (2872 words)

  
 United Church News: Teach children: The words we use can hurt   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In earlier times, one horrible punishment was to tie a person to a stake and then burn him or her alive.
Because those accused of being homosexuals were so frequently burned at the stake, the word faggot eventually became an offensive slang word for a homosexual person.
The British slang word for cigarette is fag, a smaller burning torch— and again, in this country fag has come to refer negatively to a homosexual person.
www.ucc.org /ucnews/aug01/inmy.htm   (572 words)

  
 R.E.M. Fan Forums - Family of faggot fans fly the flag
Her husband Fred added: "It's unfair because faggots were a British delicacy long before any of the others.
in australia, faggot is slang for a homosexual, thats why reading this thread made me laugh like crazy.
'Faggots' as slang for homosexuals is an American invention, and the hilarity that has ensued over the 'Faggot family' is yet another example of the cultural invasion that is inexorably making its way across the Atlantic.
www.myrem.com /showthread.php?t=11900   (1129 words)

  
 JimBobby Sez: The F-word: Faggot
Sasky's boogin' o the unacceptability of the slang term, "faggot." His post's title sez it all: Fag not a cigarette, and not a word acceptable in 1991 either.
It was set in the present time and concerned a mental breakdown suffered by the Sandler character after his family was killed in 9/11.
More than once in the script, one or the other of the two main characters taunted the other by calling them a “faggot” or saying their actions were “faggoty.” I don’t recall any uproar last year when this movie was released.
jimbobbysez.blogspot.com /2008/04/f-word-faggot.html   (601 words)

  
 faggot (Grose 1811 Dictionary)
A man hired at a muster to appear as a soldier.
To faggot in the canting sense, means to bind: an allusion to the faggots made up by the woodmen, which are all bound.
See also the definition in Nathan Bailey's 1721 dictionary of canting and thieving slang.
www.fromoldbooks.org /Grose-VulgarTongue/f/faggot.html   (114 words)

  
 New Page 1
A faggot is a bundle of sticks, typically for firewood.
One popular urban myth is that the slang term faggot derives from the practice of burning homosexuals at the stake.
More likely, the term evolves from contemptuous slang for woman, with reinforcement by the Yiddish word, faygele, literally, little bird and also British public school slang: fag, noun: a junior who assists a senior and verb: to so assist.
www.seykota.com /tribe/FAQ/2006_Feb/01/index.htm   (7465 words)

  
 Poof - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Arrested Development, it is the name of a magazine for magicians that Gob subscribes to.
as a Western Canadian slang term for flatulence.
as an American slang term for female flatulence.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Poof   (143 words)

  
 faggot - OneLook Dictionary Search
faggot, faggot : Encarta® World English Dictionary, North American Edition [home, info]
faggot : English slang and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom [home, info]
Words similar to faggot: fag, faggoting, faggotry, faggoty, fagot, fairy, pansy, poof, poove, pouf, queer, more...
www.onelook.com /?w=faggot&ls=a   (302 words)

  
 Liberals and Their Invisible Homophobia  | Commentary | Advocate.com
Before the Don Imus show was canceled last year, New Mexico governor and then Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson used the word maricón, Spanish slang for “faggot,” after the shock jock goaded Richardson by questioning his Hispanic heritage.
Following Ann Coulter’s labeling Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards a “faggot” in 2007, Alterman said, “Look, the word 'faggot'... is a word one hears in private conversation quite frequently; she just said it in public.” Makes one wonder what sort of company Alterman keeps.
As odious as this rhetoric may be, it is indicative of an attitude among straight liberals for whom gay rights is not a signature issue.
www.advocate.com /exclusive_detail_ektid52812.asp   (925 words)

  
 faggot : Gay & Black Glossary
The other explanation is that it is derived from the Christian habit of burning gay people at the stake.
Gays were considered no better than firewood, faggots.
The term is commonly used in situations where violence is threatened, so modern users may actually have the second meaning more in mind even if it is not lexicographically correct.
mindprod.com /ggloss/faggot.html   (177 words)

  
 Factoid Central - Origin of Words -   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The more commonly known meaning these days is the use of the word to refer to a male homosexual (generally used in an insulting manner).
However there is also the term fagot referring to a bundle (normally of sticks of wood) which can be spelt faggot.
"male homosexual," 1914, American English slang (shortened form fag is from 1921), probably from earlier contemptuous term for "woman" (1591), especially an old and unpleasant one, in reference to faggot (1) "bundle of sticks," as something awkward that has to be carried (compare baggage).
www.factoidcentral.com /words/F-files/faggot.html   (417 words)

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