By John Wright

Do you consider the word “pansy” offensive?

"It depends on the context it’s delivered in. If it’s delivered in an insulting, derogatory way toward gays, yes. If it’s used to refer to a flower, no."

Bill Johnson
Hair designer

"Definitely. I find all ethnic slang terms offensive."

Gary Prophet

"No. I think it’s silly. I don’t even know what a pansy is. I’m too old to get offended by something like that. I would just laugh."

Gary Flack

"Yes. A teacher once told me you curse because you have no command of the language, and I think that’s a good example of not being able to come up with a better word."

Dianna Hendrix

"Yes. I think there are enough labels in this world already. If we could stop using words like that, I think we’d all be a lot better off. People need to stop and think about what they say."

Jeremy Little

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 2, 2008.

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