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Linda Stiteler: My assignment is meaning and terms of faggott also where it originated. PLEASE HELP

Neil Horlock: There appear to be many variations of this word but none with the spelling you have above. So for the moment I'll list the alternatives. Faggot - The more commonly known meaning these days is the use of the word to refer to a male homosexual (generally used in an insulting manner). the first recorded use of this according to Webster is 1914. However there is also the term fagot referring to a bundle (normally of sticks of wood) which can be spelt faggot. This term dates back to the 14th century has a middle english root derived from the middle french fagot. This can also be used as a verb to fagot meaning to bind together into a bundle (date around 1598) This brings us nicely onto the more usual (non insulting) use of the word here in england which is a meatball (generally in gravy). I assume that this is derived from the verb above as it is basically a bundle of minced meat. Hope this helps.

Andy Myhrum: As far as how it came to mean homosexual, there are many theories about that...the leading one being that in the old days, bigots would bundle a homosexual man inside a fagot of wood, and then either burn him inside it, or beat the bejesus out of him...either way, after that, they could say "we burned/broke a fagot" and it would work as a code of sorts.


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