I'm from Pennsylvania. With the recent threat by the Westboro Baptist Church to protest the funeral of seven children who perished in a fire, I've been thinking a lot about their infamous catchphrase: "God Hates Fags." Religious debates aside, when did "fag" become an offensive word?
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According to the online etymology dictionary that I use, "Faggot" came into usage in 1914 and "fag" in 1921. Prior to that definitions included a bundle of sticks for faggot and cigarette for fag.
Fag, used with the meaning of "a male homosexual" has origin as short for faggot (1920s), which has then origin from the obsolete sense of fagot (contemptible woman).
[Reference: the New Oxford American Dictionary, third edition.]
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