‘Fairytale of New York’

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – Last night, as my wife and my­self were ag­o­nis­ing over whether we should ban our grand­chil­dren from lis­ten­ing to

Fairytale of New York, I men­tioned that, in the Long­ford of my youth, fag­got was used as a term of con­tempt, de­ri­sion and abuse by women to­wards other women, as in “that stuck up oul fag­got”. She re­called that when she was young in Clones, her mother of­ten called her a “bould lit­tle fag­got”. Per­haps it’s time to re­claim the word from the ho­mo­phobes. – Yours, etc,

TOM FAR­RELL, Swords,

Co Dublin.

Sir, – The con­tro­versy about the word fag­got brings to mind Molly Bloom’s ref­er­ence to Poldy mak­ing him­self in­ter­est­ing for “that old fag­got” Mrs Rior­dan in Ulysses.

The word has been around a long time, with dif­fer­ent meanings.

I hope this lit­tle let­ter does not up­set any­one. – Yours, etc, LIAM CLARKE,

Rush,

Co Dublin.

Sir, – It seems as if ev­ery 10 min­utes Christ­mas FM plays the very un­funny, and per­haps of­fen­sive to some, record­ing Grandma Got Run Over By a

Rein­deer. I am a prac­tis­ing grand­par­ent.

Tak­ing of­fence is a na­tional pas­time these days.

When this silly record is played, I turn the vol­ume down, or per­haps switch over to Frank Si­na­tra’s Christ­mas Hits al­bum, de­spite the fact there is prob­a­bly some­thing of­fen­sive on that as well. – Yours, etc, DUD­LEY SMITH, Dun­boyne,

Co Meath.

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