Name-calling on playgrounds is a common occurrence. Many kids are taught by their parents and teachers that racial and ethnic slurs are not okay.
But calling someone "gay" is still fair game in some circles, and is broadly used by children — and adults — as an insult.
Geoffrey Nunberg, professor of linguistics at UC Berkeley. His most recent book is The Years of Talking Dangerously
Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
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