I Wonder What They Call Earthen Walls That Hold Back Floods?

Well, it seems that the good people of Lesbos don’t like certain uses of the Island’s name

Three islanders from Lesbos … have taken a gay rights group to court for using the word lesbian in its name.
One of the plaintiffs said Wednesday that the name of the association, Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece, “insults the identity” of the people of Lesbos, who are also known as Lesbians.
“My sister can’t say she is a Lesbian,” said Dimitris Lambrou. “Our geographical designation has been usurped by certain ladies who have no connection whatsoever with Lesbos,” he said.
[Lambrou and two women] are seeking to have the group barred from using “lesbian” in its name ….
Lambrou said the word lesbian has only been linked with gay women in the past few decades. “But we have been Lesbians for thousands of years,” said Lambrou, who publishes a small magazine on ancient Greek religion and technology that frequently criticizes the Christian Church….

Of course your sister can say she’s a lesbian!
Things get interesting when you say it though, Dimitris…
Good thing we have lawyers in the EU to straighten this all out for us.

15 Responses to “I Wonder What They Call Earthen Walls That Hold Back Floods?”

  1. Skyler says:

    Those whacky Euros. First they tell us we can’t use the word champagne, or dijon, or some other word for cheese . . .
    No, wait, that’s just the French. But it’s still Euro. The whole Euro schtick is pretty much the Franco-German Fifth Reich after all.
    So now the underlings of Eurotopia have gotten in on the game too.
    I’m sorry but champagne is no longer solely a place name. It refers to carbonated wine. Period. Buffalo wings aren’t solely from New York either, nor is champagne.
    And whereas I certainly feel bad for the people of Lesbos, but no one here calls such good people lesbians, we call them “the people of Lesbos.” Sorry, but it’s our language and we can do what we want with it. Unless we visit Eurotopia.
    The Germans call themselves Deutsch. The Finns call their country Suomi.
    I say, the Eurotopians are a bit full of themselves.

  2. greg newson says:

    If they’re from Lesbos wouldn’t they be Lesboians?
    Or Lesbosians like Bostonians? Lesbosites?

  3. ricki says:

    how about Lesbossies?

  4. Gunslinger says:

    Thank you, Bing! I needed a good laugh today.

  5. The_Real_JeffS says:

    Don’t forget “french fries”, Skyler. I’m still waiting for the massive lawsuit about that.
    I Wonder What They Call Earthen Walls That Hold Back Floods?
    “Flood Damage Reduction Structures”.

  6. Jim - PRS says:

    Sappho sounds like the name of the Fifth Stooge (after Shemp).

  7. greg newson says:

    Jim PRS:You got it mixed up, Sappho was one of
    the Marx brothers.He was the twin of Harpo.

  8. I vote for Lesbotania, home of the Lesbotanical and Whoredeecultural Garden Parté.

  9. Jim - PRS says:

    Thanks. I laughed when I saw my mistake, which was the product of a massive brain fart.

  10. Mr. Bingley says:

    Didn’t the All-Man Brothers have a song on “Eat A Peach” called “Lesbos In Asia Minor”?

  11. Kate P says:

    Hahaha, that’s right, Bingley–and they’re going after them next. . . and me, for my “lesbrarians” post.

  12. Mr. Bingley says:

    I loved that post, Kate…and then I made the mistake of googling “lesbrarian.
    There’s some weeeeeird folks out there!

  13. Dave J says:

    I forget who it was who always referred to them as Lesbyterians.

  14. Kate P says:

    I looked at those search results–whoa! Can’t I ever think of anything original? (sigh)

  15. Fausta says:


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