Thursday, September 17, 2009

That Faggot Again

The Polish word 'pedal' crops up again, this time translated only as 'faggot'.
He denied being homophobic but the BBC broadcast a clip from Polish TV using the term “faggots”. Even the interviewer protests, but Kaminski repeats it: “What should I say, they are faggots [pedaly].”
I'd normally be wary of treating a word as homophobic without really knowing the language, but I think we can get quite far from gauging the interviewer's reaction. It's also interesting that the Polish word is included, definitely a good idea when the word itself is the focus.

Incidentally, a friend and reader asked his Russian flatmate about all this, and it turns out it exists in Russian too, and that it is related to 'pederasty'.

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