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Short Take: AOL, Merriam-Webster remove gay epithets

America Online removed an online thesaurus following complaints from gay rights groups about the synonyms it listed for "homosexual," the Associated Press reported. Merriam-Webster removed the synonyms as well, which included epithets such as "fruit" and "faggot." The latter apologized and is looking for other slurs in its Collegiate Thesaurus, the AP said.

America Online removed an online thesaurus following complaints from gay rights groups about the synonyms it listed for "homosexual," the Associated Press reported. Merriam-Webster removed the synonyms as well, which included epithets such as "fruit" and "faggot." The latter apologized and is looking for other slurs in its Collegiate Thesaurus, the AP said.