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This Headline Is Funny Because The Word ‘Fag’ Means Something Else In England

Another reason I find this headline amusing: my sense of humor has all the sophistication, class and refinement which you would assume a twelve-year-old boy who has been raised by inbred carnies possesses.

But the headline does beg the question: why do Brits insist on using the term “fag” for a cigarette when they have to be aware of the negative connotation the word has here across the pond? I imagine they think it’s amusing on some level that they can use the word yet throw up their hands and say, “Hey, we’ve been calling cigarettes ‘fags’ forever. Stop being so bloody uptight, you simple-minded bloke,” because I imagine that any sentence uttered by a person from England has to incorporate the words “bloody” and “bloke” every time.

On the other hand, perhaps we Americans should learn to use the term as it was originally intended and do away with the bigoted meaning that has been ascribed to the word in this country. Although with the negative perception a large segment of our society views smokers nowadays, I don’t know if that would help.

Something to think about. Or not. It doesn’t matter to me, I’m going to have a smoke.

You’re only ever one result away from a fag [The Sport Blog]