on 21-06-2002 7:19, Pedro Hobbyfrazoo at pjfraser_at_mac.com wrote:
> Interesting you should bring up context, because that was what was so
> baffling about the original remark - what does distorted sound have to
> do with the word "gay" which is commonly used now to describe
Please let's not go into another endless discussion here.
Maybe it helps to see what the dictionary says:
(and please don't start another thread about copyrights !)
gay (g=E7) adj., -er, -est, n., adv.
1. having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits.
2. bright or showy: gay colors.
3. given to or abounding in social or other pleasures: a gay
4. licentious; dissipated; wanton: a wild, gay life.
6. indicating or pertaining to homosexual interests or issues: a
7. a homosexual person, esp. a male.
8. in a gay manner.
-Usage GAY has had senses dealing with sexual conduct since
the 17th century. A gay woman was a prostitute, a gay man a
womanizer, a gay house a brothel. GAY as an adjective meaning
"homosexual" goes back at least to the early 1900s. After World
War II, as social attitudes toward sexuality began to change, GAY
was applied openly byhomosexuals to themselves, first as adjective
and later as noun. Today, the noun often designates only a male:
gays and lesbians. The word has ceased to be slang and is not
used disparagingly. HOMOSEXUAL as a noun is sometimes used only
in reference to a male.
Gay (g=E7) n.
John, 1685=F11732, English poet and dramatist.
So in the memory of John Gay. please let this subject rest.
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