The Alternative Dutch Dictionary: homo

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homo etymology From homoseksueel. pronunciation
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  1. (neutral, not offensive) gay, homosexual
  2. (offensive, derogatory) Used as a general slur.
The word is a general, neutral and somewhat informal term for a homosexual person. It is used as a slur by some, but either the term, or its use in this way, this can be considered offensive. Because the word itself is not inherently offensive or vulgar, some people may take offense at the implication that homosexuality is something negative and shameful that could be used as a derogatory term. This depends, of course, on a particular person's attitude towards homosexuality. Compare similar usage of English gay.

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