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Residents on the Greek island of Lesbos have declared that they alone have the right to call themselves lesbians, and yesterday launched a legal action against the Greek Gay and Lesbian Union (Olke) designed to wrest back control of the word from aficionados of Sapphic luuurv. Local activist Dimitris Lambrou states in his …

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Not to be pedantic (cough) but surely it's Lesbian when referring to the islanders and lesbian when referring to gay women?

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"Lesbians turn on lesbians in battle of Lesbos"

I've seen the film......

Mines the dirty Mac....

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Hot

Plenty of hot Lesbian on Lesbian action, 20 deg C today in Greece:

http://weather.msn.com/local.aspx?wealocations=wc:GRXX0040

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Paris Hilton

Mud wrestling is the only answer

Lesbian on lesbian contest is the only way to settle this dispute

Paris because...well.

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But what about sapphists who live on Lesobs? I don't think they've thought this through properly.

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Moz
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Eh?

How can you have a Gay and Lesbian Union? Doesn't that make the whole lot heterosexual?

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Paris Hilton

I parsed that as...

Lesbians "turn on" lesbians...

Paris for no particular reason, honest... ;)

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Lesbosian

a Lesbosian, probably better than being a Higgs Boson (less prodding)

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Garrison....

This is LESBOS!!!

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Re: Garrison....

Ah, it's threads like this that make it all worthwhile.

Er, keep it cle... oh, never mind.

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Playmobil scene, please!

that is all.

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expect similar action soon...

... from Dick van Dyke

Paris. You know/wish she's been there.

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Boffin

re: the registers proposed compromise

... and if enthusiasts of the ancient Greek poet Sappho want there word back?

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This thread...

... means nothing without pictures!

I'm looking at you, Ms Bee.

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Anonymous Coward

Does this mean..

.. you can get male Lesbians?

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Paris Hilton

Appelation Controllee?

One can't help but be reminded of the fuss made by idiot Merkins when the Black Dyke Mills brass band went on tour... Should residents of Victoria (Oz) also complain that we think they're tall-hatted besuited gentlemen and crinoline-and-bonnet-wearing ladies from the Age of Steam when they refer to themselves?

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IT Angle

Erm

Google is putting up some interesting ads on this story.

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Transvestites....

@ AC

Male Lesbians are called Transvestites :D

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Would they be satisfied...

...if the lesbians only had platonic relationships?

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what happened to Lesvos?

That is an alternative name for the island, and I thought they were taking this up.

'Lesbian' for women has been used for well over 150 years, so it is a bit late. Barn door, horse, etc., folks. It's like objecting to the word 'gay' being 'hijacked' when it's had the homosexual meaning since the early 1800s, if not earlier.

I also take exception to the idea that having the word 'Lesbian' associated with gay women mans that all residents of the island are suffering from psychological 'rape'. It is only if you think lesbianism is an evil, deranged, poisoned, warped way of life. But surely in the Euro zone, we don't feel that being called 'gay' when we're not is something so terrible that we will be rendered insane.

And fellow El Reg posters -- wouldn't it be wise to assuem that lesbians are amongst you? Would you say some of these posted words to the face of a lesbian colleague?

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brilliant

"...continue to use lesbian with gay abandon..."

Chuckle.

An old cowboy went to a bar and ordered a drink.

As he sat sipping his whiskey, a young lady sat down next to him.

After she ordered her drink, she turned to the cowboy and asked him, "Are you a real cowboy?" He replied, "Well, I have spent my whole life on the ranch, herding cows, breaking horses, mending fences. Yep, I guess I am."

After a short while, he asked her what she was.

She replied, "I am a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about women. As soon as I get up in the morning I think of women, when I eat, shower, watch TV, everything seems to make me think of women."

A short while later she left and the cowboy ordered another drink.

A couple sat down next to him and asked, "Are you a real cowboy?"

He replied, "I always thought I was, but I just found out that I'm a lesbian."

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So very...

... tongue in cheek, this story.

Hopefully.

The heart because, well, it just had to be.

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It's

Lesbians, but only in Greece.

Not trying to be fanny, but we should stiffly resist any attempts to mud wrestle this thread away from good clean, shaven, fun -- and stop being punning linguists.

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Pirate

*snigger*

The potential for jokes about this story is huge. One thing I would say, the inhabitants of Lesbos had better be in bloody good shape - the lesbians I know brook no stupidity and are bloody good in a fight (a few are very competent at martial arts and at least one is good with a sword). I sure wouldn't argue with them!

Please do a playmobil on this story!!!

Skull and crossbones because it's very dangerous to incur the wrath of lesbians.

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male lesbian

"A male lesbian is a physiologically heteosexual male who wishes he'd been born a girl. He feels alienated by the social standards of gender roles. He may be a crossdresser or consider himself transgendered, but he is probably not transsexual. His ideal would be to be able to be his feminine self in a relationship with a biological female. If he is open about this, he may be ridiculed by both the gay and straight communities."

See http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=male+lesbian

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Noooooo!

You mean Trivial Pursuit has been lying to me all these years? It says they are called Lesbosians.

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Can't we all just get along...

Surely the most satisfactory result would be for the island to issue it's own ".les" domain...which would then make them a few bob through all the registrations ?

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@quin parker

"Big Wet Fannys

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Good old yellow.... erm, I mean Good old google ads.

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I need

Citizenship so I can delcare myself officially a Non Dom Lesbian (Male).

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Silliness

Just change the official Anglicization to 'Lesvos'. End of problem. Or call it 'Midilli', but the Greeks wouldn't be too happy.

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Sappho, fragment 28

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Hadst thou felt desire for things good or noble, and had not thy tongue framed some evil speech, shame had not filled thine eyes, but thou hadst spoken honestly about it.

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Seriously, this peurility of comment is embarrassing to me (straight male). Watch your videos and I'll watch mine but don't discuss, as some kind of entertaining freaks, women who just happen to like women.

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Sappho-quoting AC

Don't worry pet, as a real-life lesbian (the lady-loving kind, not the Greek kind) it's taken in good humour. We're not scary man-hating militants y'know! I love blokes, I just don't wanna shag them.

Anyway, as the island is really called Lesvos, this is surely only an issue for the Lesvians in the UK? I'm very puzzled. Publicity grab methinks. Greeks never refer to their islands by the Anglicised name. I mean, no Kerkyran would say they were from 'Corfu'.

Gay Girly Geekette, who knows that Aphrodite could kick Sappho's arse.

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Male lesbians...

...certainly exist. I have met a gay man who came from Lesbos.

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What next?

Will the Canary Islands object to a certain yellow bird being named after them?

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@moz

Well...no...it makes it another organisation that discriminates against straight people...

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Cunning Stunts

What are the residents of Phuket called?

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erm history

Didn't lesbians get their name from the women only religion based on this island many many years ago.

Just like the word vandal, lesbian comes from a quite appropriate historical source relating to a people with whom it was first associated.

This greek chap is a muppet who doesn't understand how language works.

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Re: male lesbian (Tanya Cumpston)

""A male lesbian is a physiologically heteosexual male who wishes he'd been born a girl. He feels alienated by the social standards of gender roles. He may be a crossdresser or consider himself transgendered, but he is probably not transsexual. His ideal would be to be able to be his feminine self in a relationship with a biological female. If he is open about this, he may be ridiculed by both the gay and straight communities.""

So, just a new name for Emo kids then?

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Uh... they're greek?

So the island is not "Lesbos" nor "Lesvos" but Λέσβος

What's the problem again?

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It should be easy..

to tell lesbians from Lesbos islanders - the islanders don't wear donkey jackets.

Mine's the one with the furry muff

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Women

Almost makes as much sense as the Women Rights groups in Canada wanting the name of a small viallage in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador changed to something other than Dildo as it is demeaning and degrading to women, who cares if it has had this name for over 100 years.

Instead put on a bikini and some baby oil and wrestle.

do I need a reason for the avatar with this type of article.

PS. Where is the IT angle (had to be stated)

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vandals and lesbians

Yes lesbians did get their name after the particular women only based religion on this island - to be 'like a lesbian' is very old and as such has its origin from the association with the ruling female population at the island during the antique period. It does seem odd that they would be 'embarrased' by something which has its origin in their own history. It is not even a negative association. Vandals on the other hand have got their name 'vandalized' by the historically constructed defamation by the Romans. Vandals: originally a tribe living somewhere on the northen coast of what is today Polen. By the early vikings they were named something like 'wendes' which is related to the english word 'friends'. The vikings called this tribe for 'friends' presumably because it was one of the (few?) non nordic tribes with which they dealt with as friends. During the folk time of tribe movements in europe (after the birth of christ somewhere between year 0 up to approx year 400) the tribe formerly known by the Vikings as 'friends' moved south through europe down through spain and to north africa. After initially being abused and treated disrespectfully by Rome they mobilized and eventually succesfully sacked Rome. By being succesful in their seizure of Rome and inflicting noticable destruction on the city Rome had been 'vandalized'. So while the word 'vandal' originates from the word 'friend' it is no more associated with this originally positive meaning.

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Oh, my sweet potatoes!!!!

They should make the female inhabitants of the island (fit ones of course) fight the fit lady-loving ladies for the name. This should happen once a year and involve very brief swimwear and lots of oil.....

This is the best news story ever!!!!

Paris - Because nothing else seems right.

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Offesive language...

This would all be "solved" if people used language correctly.

Alas, the ingorant are destined to take over.

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@vandals and lesbians

You meant 'fwendes'?

Indeed, the one with the picture of Elmer Fu... Righto, Never Darken Your Doorway etc. Yes, I heard you first time thanks

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Look on the bright side

At least Boris Johnson hasn't commented on it yet.

Did he ever actually apologise to all those places?

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I can't blame them...

I wouldn't sleep with a guy either

IGMC

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That must be

a blow to the lesbians!!

Er - ah, uhm, maybe not.

Happy queensday everybody - at least we DID get a little logo on google.nl

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@ Title

Ok, so if there successful, will there next be an action by Farmers and Landscapers to stop them using the word 'Dyke' ?

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I vote for a Playmobil reconstruction

sad boffin, 'cause that's me!

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