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Reviled, reclaimed and respected: the history of the word ‘queer’

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posted on 2023-01-24, 04:06 authored by Timothy JonesTimothy Jones

Queer is a word of uncertain origin that had entered the English language by the early 16th century, when it was primarily used to mean strange, odd, peculiar or eccentric. By the late 19th century it was being used colloquially to refer to same-sex attracted men. While this usage was frequently derogatory, queer was simultaneously used in neutral and affirming ways. 

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DP220101682/Australian Research Council

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2023-01-19

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Textual creative work

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Essay or article

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The Conversation

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The Conversation Media Group Ltd

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Carlton, Victoria, Australia

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online

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© Timothy W. Jones 2023 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/)

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