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The (simplified) evolution of the word 'queer'

Prelude

This is a very simplified, short, mostly estimated ‘timeline’, please do your own research before taking any of this into account.

The Timeline

(Again, this is super short and simple, plus guessed / estimated.)

Meaning over time (estimated by us, chronological order):

Meaning Example
Excitable, happy In a queer mood
Different, abnormal, strange He’s being weird and queer.
A slur / insult for LGBTQ+ people Eww, queer.
Taken back, as a way to say LGBTQ+ easily     I’m queer!

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