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This week's amusing attempt at language control, as reported by the Associated Press:

ATHENS, Greece - A Greek court has been asked to draw the line between the natives of the Aegean Sea island of Lesbos and the world's gay women.

Three islanders from Lesbos — home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love between women — have taken a gay rights group to court for using the word lesbian in its name.

One of the plaintiffs said Wednesday that the name of the association, Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece, "insults the identity" of the people of Lesbos, who are also known as Lesbians.

"My sister can't say she is a Lesbian," said Dimitris Lambrou. "Our geographical designation has been usurped by certain ladies who have no connection whatsoever with Lesbos," he said.

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fallen_scholar
May. 6th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Some lesbians, it seems, agree.
sdn
May. 6th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
this is like an abbott and costello routine.
lagringa
May. 6th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
I always just preferred being called a dyke. Oh, well. What do I know?
morbid_o
May. 6th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Don't tell the Dutch!
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