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Fag

clipping slang
Not to be confused with the term for homosexuality. Fag is a derogatory term for someone who displeases you or does something you do not appreciate.
 
The term was clipped from the longer term faggot which was coined in American slang in 1914. Then, in 1921, was clipped to fag to mean male homosexuality. However, very recently, fag does not mean homosexuality anymore. It is used to describe someone who you do not like.
Etymology : The semantic change probably occurred because people did not appreciate homosexuality back in the early 20th century. Therefore, it is not too hard to stretch the definition to a more general one(widening) for someone who you does not agree with your beliefs.
Source : “God that guy was so rude to those girls last night. What a fag.” –my friend on NOD October 29, 2011
Last modified: 5 December 2011


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