CW: homophobic slur

This month, Canadian radio banned the Dire Straits song ‘Money for Nothing’ over an anti-gay slur in its lyrics.

Has the word faggot now become as unacceptable as other swear words? And how has the word changed since its origin as a bundle of sticks?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley explains on this week’s Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council’s decision:

An early Globe and Mail article:

CTRC urges a review of the ban:

Radio stations are confused:

but some protest: