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  • We have enough use for the word.

    February 19, 2008

  • Oh, I'm sure it is. The neologisms that catch on always seem to be the least affected, the most nonce-like--such as, eg, homophobe.

    February 18, 2008

  • An interesting idea, but slightly disturbing. The idea that we really have enough use for the term that we need a new one is frustrating. I think your word is a bit too out there to catch on.

    February 18, 2008

  • My proposal for a more sensible construction meaning "someone who dislikes homosexuals." It adopts an obsolete Attic term of abuse, malakos as a new geuzennaam.

    My problems with homophobe are A) with the first morpheme homo, which can only be reasonably interpreted as the English slang word homo, and not as a Latin or Greek root; and B) the second morpheme -phobe which emphasizes fear instead of loathing, and perhaps implies the oft-cited but to-me not perfectly convincing trope that all those who really dislike gays dislike them because they're afraid they're secretly homosexual themselves.

    February 17, 2008