People have used the word 'gay' disparagingly for decades. They were doing it when I was in school. They are evidently still doing it now, because Stonewall and Mumsnet have teamed up to try and discourage it.
They launched a campaign against the use of the word yesterday with the unimpressive strapline:
'That's so gay' Um, actually it probably isn't.
Both organisations are promoting the campaign on social media this morning with the equally irritating hashtag #GetOverIt.
Campaigners are by nature optimistic, empowered people who believe they can change the world. In this case they have overestimated their influence.
Language is a complicated, fluid thing, dependent on the individual habits and circumstances of millions of people. The French have lost all their optimism and empowerment while watching the Académie Française try to control their language, with all the obvious disappointments such a process entails.
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