Since when "hom-o" became a bad word?

By DJ
@Daljinder (21199)
India
February 6, 2017 2:17pm CST
Am I missing something here? I was just typing a comment and when I clicked the send button, myLot showed up a message to "Fix bad word 'hom-o'." I had written hom-o sapiens which is a scientific name for humans. THAT is beyond my comprehension. Do English native speakers consider it a bad word? I am aware "hom-o" is used in context to homosexuals or something? Is it the reason? English is not my first language so if any of you can explain it to me, I will appreciate it. Thank you in advance! (Photo by Giphy)
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22 responses
@JolietJake (51093)
• United States
6 Feb 17
Yes, it is because "ho/mo" is a derogative term referring to gay people.
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@pgntwo (21625)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
6 Feb 17
Derogatory in the UK too.
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• Philippines
6 Feb 17
Now I understand too. Thanks for the info. God bless.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
Alrighty got it!
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@topffer (33797)
• France
6 Feb 17
Each time I wanted to write about "HomoSapiens," I have been told that it was a bad word. Made me think at "Planet of the Apes", as "gorilla" and "orangutan" are not bad words.
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@sabtraversa (12988)
• Italy
6 Feb 17
Racist against humans, right.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
@topffer @sabtraversa That is what we need for myLot now....Racism!
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@topffer (33797)
• France
9 Feb 17
@Daljinder Is myLot only for animals, that is the question.
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@MALUSE (39230)
• Germany
6 Feb 17
It's no use asking. Logically, no member can explain why myLot works the way it does. I've also had the strangest 'fix bad word' messages. It's not a human being that sits at myLot HQ checking our posts and comments on bad words. It's done automatically. The thingy that does it can't be argued with. You can turn to admin @GoAskAlice and ask for clarification. But they won't be able to help you, either. Btw, I can't see a photo.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
@MALUSE Yeas I see JJ and RasmaSandra explained about the word. Admin also replied saying the filter can get overzealous at times.
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@GoAskAlice (4307)
• United States
6 Feb 17
The filter is automatic, and perhaps a bit over zealous
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
@GoAskAlice Are you all still working on the photo issue? Because we have been noticing that photos still disappear at random intervals. Then show up after sometime. Some of the profile images went missing too.
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• United States
9 Feb 17
@Daljinder the fix may take a bit to fan out to everyone, but we think we solved the problem for good now.
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@Jlyn10 (10579)
• Malaysia
7 Feb 17
Maybe it's because you spelled it wrongly.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
@Jlyn10 It wouldn't accept the right spelling so I modified it to trick the filter.
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@Jlyn10 (10579)
• Malaysia
11 Feb 17
@Daljinder Smart move. Didn't know you are a cheater.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
12 Feb 17
@Jlyn10 I am many things! For example: I am a stalker too
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• United States
8 Feb 17
Yes that word is usually avoided.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
@infatuatedbby I didn't know that.
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• United States
9 Feb 17
@Daljinder Yep some will be very offended =)
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
9 Feb 17
@infatuatedbby I will have to keep that in mind for future. Good to know before I ended up making a blunder.
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@sabtraversa (12988)
• Italy
6 Feb 17
Why were most languages invented using both Latin and Greek terms? See the mess that created.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
9 Feb 17
@sabtraversa I don;t know. Maybe those languages bullied their way in? Trouble was inevitable in that case.
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@sabtraversa (12988)
• Italy
9 Feb 17
@Daljinder The Greek and the Roman both gave a lot in terms of culture and history. The Latins were inspired by Greek words too, I think. However, homosexuality itself has a Greek prefix and a Latin suffix, where home-oh means "same". Weird insult, uh? Calling a person "same". Home-oh in Latin would just mean "man" instead, meant as "mankind" more than "male", of course.
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• United States
6 Feb 17
It isn't a nice way of phrasing something....and not looked kindly upon.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
@AbbyGreenHill Good to know! Better to know than offend anyone accidentally. Although I used it innocently lol
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• United States
9 Feb 17
@Daljinder Don't worry about it, I am sure you were not being mean.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
9 Feb 17
@AbbyGreenhill LOL no I didn;t even use it like that. I was writing homosapiens separately.
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@JustBhem (32447)
• Davao, Philippines
7 Feb 17
I didn't know that as well. And as I read the respond tread, there I found the answer. Thank you for sharing.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
9 Feb 17
@JustBhem You are welcome! We learned something together.
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@JustBhem (32447)
• Davao, Philippines
9 Feb 17
@Daljinder Indeed.
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@just4him (113414)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Feb 17
I always thought that was one word, not broken up like that. Yes, that would be what it would imply.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
@just4him The one word was not accepted by the filter. I have to ask the question about this word so I wrote it as using the "-" to by pass the filter.
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@just4him (113414)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Feb 17
@Daljinder No I meant homosapien. I thought that was one word not two. I learned something new. I see the red underline indicating it's not a word.
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@pgntwo (21625)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
6 Feb 17
JJ's answer is the reason. Sometimes it sees bad words where none exists... Sc/unthorpe, the name of a town in England, is one such example.
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@pgntwo (21625)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
9 Feb 17
@Daljinder So it goes. People and groups help themselves to words that once we're innocuous...
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@Tampa_girl7 (25386)
• United States
8 Feb 17
It's a mystery as to how these things happen.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
@Tampa_girl7 Yeah Admin said he doesn't know either.
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@jstory07 (66126)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Feb 17
I do not think it is a bad word but some might think it is.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
@jstory07 I didn't think it as bad either until I was told the reason.
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@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
7 Feb 17
Maybe you should just put the whole word. English is not my first language too.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
@acelawrites The full word is not accepted by the filter at myLot. It asks to fix it.
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@JudyEv (121372)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Feb 17
It's just the funny word police on here. They have some strange ideas about what is a bad word and what isn't. Sometimes the 'bad' word is just part of another longer word but it still finds it.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
@JudyEv Yep! They are pretty weird in their selection and perplexing at times
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@maezee (31985)
• United States
7 Feb 17
Thats exactly it, a derogartory term for a gay peraon. Thats interesting that its blocked from MyLot though as there are many other words that use that term in it.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
9 Feb 17
@maezee I know right? So, not accepted in homosapiens but what about homophobes?
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@allknowing (63457)
• India
6 Feb 17
As @MALUSE has explained it is the software that helps myLot and so there is nothing one can do but just change the word.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
9 Feb 17
@allknowing The perplexity of the filter's working lol
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@Corbin5 (103218)
• United States
6 Feb 17
That is weird when you are trying to use that word for humans. Oh well, even though the word is an appropriate one, that first part of the word is not to be accepted here.
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
9 Feb 17
@Corbin5 I saw that now and why too.
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@amadeo (64024)
• United States
6 Feb 17
you got the answer in your comments here
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@Daljinder (21199)
• India
8 Feb 17
@mamadeo Yes I saw, thank you!
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@VivaLaDani13 (18951)
• Perth, Australia
13 Mar 17
@Daljinder I've always seen it as a shorter version for "homosexual." I am not gay so I can't sit here and say "It's not offensive" because I don't fully understand it. If someone called me a hom-o, I wouldn't think much of it. But if you said it to someone who was gay, maybe it is offensive. But as someone who is not gay, I don't see why it needs to be an offensive word. It means to be gay.....so where's the insult? Where is the incorrect fact? Why must so many words be used as an offensive term when the original word isn't? I don't understand.
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