++ [ originally posted by Rickenbacker2 ] ++
I do not have a problem with people using the words to describe something an appropriate manner. For instnce the only appropriate manner that I can think of is when describing someone's sexual preference.
Yes, it is a problem for me. When people use the term "gay", they say things like "Man, we lost to Roma, that's so gay", or "You let in a goal, you faggot." Do you not see how those terms are being used in a derogatory manner, adjusting the connotation of the word to be negative.
For instance, I imagine that very few people would be okay with it if, if I said, "Man buffon let is the winning goal , that nigger!" or "Moggi never spends any money, what a jew!" Both of those statements use terms which might otherwise be considered acceptable, but the way that they are used makes them offensive. I hope that you see my point with that.