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I don't think it is ok to call other people names. I don't know the whole story, and I don't think I'll ever find out who "started it" The boy's eighteen and a grown man, and as far as I'm concerned, this might be a learning experience for him.

One of the learning experiences that happens when you get older is you learn then things you said and did in your youth aren't necessarily applicable in the wider world.

I am sure, though it doesn't make it right, that when he was in high school, the boys he hung out with exchanged this in verbal spars. It has lost it's original meaning to him - he knows it is a slur for homosexuals, but doesn't know HOW BAD a slur it really is.

Well, he didn't. I'm sure he's got the point now, anyway.

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