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08 November 2015

Anxious? Then You Must Be Gay! (Accidental Humor)

Balisa ba minsan ang iyong pakiramdam? 
Baka panahon na para aminin sa sarili na baka ikaw ay bakla.

Do you feel anxious sometimes? Perhaps it is time to admit to yourself that you may be gay.

A funny thing happened while I was checking the English translation for the Tagalog word "balisa." The result that I got from Google Translate was interesting to say the least. I do not blame Google. I am sure this is not intentional but the result does make you think.

According to Google Translate, the Tagalog word “balisa” means “anxiety” in English and “anxiety” is synonymous to balisa (restelessness), bakla (gay), pagkabahala (worry), pananabik (longing), ligalig (troubled). Thankfully, “matapat na paghahangad” (honest yearning) also means “anxiety/bakla.” None is lost.

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Anxiety being synonymous to “bakla” may be
(a) Flat-out funny to homophobes and
(b) Sardonically funny to the open-minded.

Which one are you?

This whole thing also reminds me of a scene in the movie "Malcolm X," when Malcolm discovered in the dictionary that all negative definitions are assigned to the world "black" because White people wrote the dictionary. Language has enough fuel to keep prejudice burning if unchecked.


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