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>Choire Sicha has an interesting point about the use of the word gay to mean lame.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Pegleg Pete says:

    >What's up, pussycat? What's your take on last week's discussion about Almagor article?

  2. >Dumb used to mean mute… funny how people use disabilities to belittle other people.

    Often, people would offend other people "Are you deaf or something?"

    as if deafness is a bad thing.

  3. Irene Fahrenwald says:

    >That's so jejune! (Says she, desperately thumbing through the thesaurus…)

  4. >Is it lame to say "book dummy"?

  5. >I have great hopes for the word "FAIL." I hope it takes over the world.

  6. >i've seen this sort of observation before, and it makes me just a TEENY bit uncomfortable. Because even though there is nothing wrong with being lame or being dumb, I still don't think it's right to compare them with being gay. Because being gay isn't a disability.

  7. Roger Sutton says:

    >But Lili, the usage here of lame and dumb isn't synonymous with disabled. I was going to say that in this case gay=lame=dumb=dorky, but my dictionary tells me that dorky is derived from penis. Who knew?

  8. >wow, dorky…

    how about geek:

    a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake

    [from Websters]

  9. AJ Albinak says:

    >Well, I'm definitely going to stop saying, "I'm such a geek", after reading THAT definition. 🙂

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