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To the Editor:

Your little item about Bulgaria's "race to the bottom" of the homophobic nation barrel missed a certain irony in it. The etymology of the words buggery and Bulgaria. They derive thus: bugger from the Middle English bougre or heretic; from the Old French boulgre; from the Medieval Latin Bulgaris, i.e. Bulgar or Bulgarian! So you see what those poor homophobes are up against: a near millennium of etymology that links them with this act they find so alien. And yet, it bears their name. God does have a sense of irony, let it not be forgotten.

Christian Draz, Boston
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Title Annotation:Correspondence
Author:Draz, Christian
Publication:The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jul 1, 2008
Words:103
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