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