I find it interesting that the lesbian community is "reclaiming" the use of the term dyke. I see this also happening in the black community with the word "nigger", or perhaps the more stylized word "nigga". (I'm sure the rise of the rap culture had a lot to do with that.) I doubt that "dyke" ever had the shock effect of "nigger". If indeed gay men are now using the term faggot, that is the same phenomenon. I suppose it is a type of empowerment, when a group starts using the previously derogatory term among themselves.
I have been deeply involved in the lesbian community for many years now. Most if not all of my friends are quite comfortable with the word dyke. In fact there's been an official "Dyke March" in NYC every year for more than 20 years, held the day before the Pride March from 42nd Street to Washington Square. You should go some time. It's a lot of fun.
@Alison9, I've never seen that event, but I have enjoyed the "Dykes on Bikes" group in San Francisco, in that city's Gay Pride Parade.
A bit off-topic, and I apologize, but I must say how much I enjoy the verbal jousting on the use of language by @agracier and @Switchablesusie . I must agree with agracier that the bastardization of English will continue unabated. This will not necessarily be carried out by "dummies and ignoramuses", but by a generation that thrives on social media, with its own language, and really doesn't care about proper usage. Correct spelling and grammar are becoming almost quaint, and you can rail against it, @Switchablesusie , but I'm afraid you won't stop it.