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BBC's Robert Peston accused of homophobia after 'Queer Street' Twitter blog
Daily Mail ^ | 15th November 2011

Posted on 11/15/2011 3:21:49 PM PST by presidio9

The BBC's Business Editor Robert Peston has dismissed homophobia claims against him as 'bonkers', after he used the term 'Queer Street'. Mr Peston used the term on his blog to describe the European financial crisis. He also posted a link to the blog on his Twitter account, where he has 95,000 followers. In praising the UK's handling of the situation, he wrote: 'The Debt Management Office, has taken a reassuringly long-term approach to managing the UK government's debts - and without its prudence, we might all be in Queer Street or Skid Row by now.' However, Mr Peston was criticised soon after as people accused him of homophobia over the use of the word 'queer', which has long been used as an insult against the gay community. One tweet from follower Peter Scott, said: 'Tsk tsk Mr P, not quite homophobic but a bit homo-frowny'. Two hours later Mr Peston was moved to comment on the row and dispatched another tweet. It read: 'Some of you seem to think my use of the phrase "Queer Street" is in some way homophobic. Bonkers.'

The tweet included a link to the Wikipedia page detailing the origin of the term Queer Street. While Peston was criticisied in some quarters, he has been robustly defended in

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bbc; formelygreatbritain; homonaziagenda; homonazism; homophobia; homosexualagenda; homosexualism; homotyranny; ohthehughmanatee; oncegreatbritain; pc; pederast; pederastagenda; pederasty; politicalcorrectness; queerstreet; thoughtpolice; twitter

1 posted on 11/15/2011 3:21:51 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Oh, the hugh manatee! Don’t tell me he also used “niggardly” ... he’d have to be shot!


2 posted on 11/15/2011 3:25:39 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Without common referents, we are all merely inarticulate refugees from Babel."~Nicknamedbob)
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To: Tax-chick

Being called a homophobe is the 21st century equivalent of being labeled a heretic in the Middle Ages.


3 posted on 11/15/2011 3:28:56 PM PST by rzman21
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To: presidio9
Queer Street is a colloquial term referring to a person being in some difficulty, most commonly financial. It is often associated with Carey Street, where London's bankruptcy courts were once located. source: Wikipedia
4 posted on 11/15/2011 3:30:45 PM PST by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: Tax-chick

You need to steer clear of queer.


5 posted on 11/15/2011 3:43:03 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: presidio9

It wouldn’t make any sense to describe the European financial crisis as “so gay”.


6 posted on 11/15/2011 3:45:24 PM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh!)
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To: rzman21

You can tell it was invented by some ignoramus. It either means man-fear or same-fear. It certainly doesn’t mean fear of homosexuals which would be homosexualiphobia or homosexualiphobic.

A phobia is an irrational fear and abnormal.


7 posted on 11/15/2011 3:46:06 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: OB1kNOb

Boxing and football too - when hit, wobbly, dizzy, etc. and unsure of where one might be


8 posted on 11/15/2011 3:47:25 PM PST by major-pelham
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To: rzman21
Being called a homophobe is the 21st century equivalent of being labeled a heretic in the Middle Ages.

Actually, the left is in danger of cheapening that word to the point where it has no effective meaning, the same way they have done with "racist" and "nazi." People on this website are begininng to do the same with "RINO."

9 posted on 11/15/2011 3:47:25 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

Those limey’s have the strangest names for things. Whoops!!!


10 posted on 11/15/2011 3:56:51 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: presidio9

Ironically, Peston always comes across on the BBC as a bit camp himself.


11 posted on 11/15/2011 4:03:43 PM PST by the scotsman (I)
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To: presidio9

What a fag!


12 posted on 11/15/2011 4:10:53 PM PST by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: presidio9

“not quite homophobic but a bit homo-frowny’”

Homo-frowny?


13 posted on 11/15/2011 4:16:27 PM PST by DemforBush (Send lawyers, guns, and money. Dad get me out of this!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Those limey’s have the strangest names for things.

Here in America, we prefer "redcoats."

14 posted on 11/15/2011 4:26:38 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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15 posted on 11/15/2011 4:42:09 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: presidio9
This is completely ridiculous.

If you've read any 19th c. English fiction, it's obvious that this expression has nothing to do with homosexuals. Conan Doyle, Kipling, Rider Haggard, Dickens, and I think Trollope all used "he'll find himself in Queer Street" to mean that somebody was getting himself into trouble.

Often financial, but not always. The constable in "The Adventure of the Second Stain" was in trouble because he let a woman into a crime scene (of course she was an associate of the spy who hid the stolen letter in the secret compartment under the carpet . . . . fortunately Sherlock Holmes was up to the game.)

Kipling also used the term "queer as Dick's hatband" in a short story, "The Dog Hervey". It often means physically ill, but can also mean a little bit crazy.

Queer just doesn't mean what it used to mean. Some of us haven't caught up yet.

16 posted on 11/15/2011 5:17:16 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother; major-pelham
It often means physically ill,but can also mean a little bit crazy.

Very accurate assessment. I can go back in memory to the 1930's. I remember the saying was quite common in that a person was "feeling queer". I would presume it came from the fact that a person coming over sick,had a strange white faced look. Often not immediately responding, while they grappled with an awful feeling.

It was also used off hand, such as "queer state of affairs". One day finally the politically correct censors will come a "right cropper". This is if there is any justice left.

17 posted on 11/15/2011 5:45:23 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: Peter Libra
One can hope.

I enjoy collecting interesting expressions. I read a lot of 19th c. British fiction and picked up the current slang, including some thieves' cant and tinkers' argot (mostly from George Borrow), but recently branched out and have had a wonderful time reading this little book:

Aussie slang is to say the least colorful, a great deal of it is of course English in origin.

18 posted on 11/15/2011 6:23:10 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Peter Libra
Btw, "coming a cropper" originated in the hunting field. Not because you squash some poor farmer's crops when you hit the ground (although I've done that too), but because if you're very behind the horse's leap, you just roll right back over his crupper (the tail or croup) and off onto the ground.

I have done that ONCE (I usually get too far forward and roll off over one shoulder or the other) and hope never to do it again. You land on your back and it knocks every ounce of wind out of you, as one of Kipling's fox-hunting characters said.

At least my horse very kindly came back for me. He was a good sort.

19 posted on 11/15/2011 6:34:30 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Well, I have learned something! Often used the saying “coming a cropper”, did not know the origin.
Your two posts good for a well welcomed chuckle here. For in Great Lakes country, while still the mild weather hangs in, it (snow) is due to happen soon.


20 posted on 11/15/2011 7:12:17 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: rzman21

It’s even worse than being a heretic. It’s tantamount to cannibalizing babies alive.


21 posted on 11/15/2011 7:24:00 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: Peter Libra
Well, we had a couple of freezing days here, and some clouds that threatened snow, but then it warmed up again today (although it rained).

In the Sunny South, we'll have an occasional flurry around Thanksgiving, but real snow doesn't show up until January or later. I can't remember a "White Christmas" where snow actually stuck to the ground (as opposed to thinking you saw a flake or two).

I know it's different up in your part of the country! I hope your summers aren't as hot and humid as ours!

My mom and dad have a couple of good friends from Old England down in South Georgia where they live. The transplants do NOT like the hot weather which is worse down there than it is here.

22 posted on 11/15/2011 7:29:25 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: little jeremiah

Cannibalizing babies alive is more acceptable to the modern left than disagreeing with homosexuality.


23 posted on 11/15/2011 10:51:30 PM PST by ReformationFan
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