the "v-word" and friends in the NYT

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Mar 11 21:55:31 UTC 2007

>It never occurred to me that Ms. Coulter intended the word "faggot"
>to be understood metaphorically! What would she have meant,
>metaphorically? That he's a sissy for opposing Bush's war?

That's how I read her; basically, Edwards is not "a real man".  Of
course knowing for sure means understanding her mind, which I don't
pretend to do.

>Or perhaps "faggot" in a juvenile and general sense of "somebody I
>don't like"?

Maybe a bit stronger than that.

>Except she was specifically relating Edwards to John Amaechi!

Did I miss where the former came out?

>---- Original message ----
>>Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2007 15:51:59 -0500
>>From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>>Subject: the "v-word" and friends in the NYT
>  . . .Ann Coulter's repeated use of "faggot" as a (presumably
>metaphorical) descriptor for John Edwards.
>The American Dialect Society -

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