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    Gay: light-hearted and carefree?

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    Gay: light-hearted and carefree?

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    Is there any context now where gay can be used to mean light-hearted, carefree, mirthful and so on? My 1990 Oxford still gives 2. characterized by cheerfulness or pleasure (a gay life)(!)

    Is the time already here when we need to reword old songs, rhymes and texts to make it clear that homosexual is not the intended meaning?

    Interested in your comments!
    AuthorJo_ (425295) 25 Mar 08, 12:43
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    #1Authorlunatic25 Mar 08, 12:56
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    "Is the time already here when we need to reword old songs, rhymes and texts to make it clear that homosexual is not the intended meaning?" Very possibly. The line in "Deck the Halls", "Don we now our gay apparel" was apt to cause uncontrollable outbreaks of giggling at Christmas assemblies when I was at school and that was before 1990. When I was in Australia a few months ago I was also suprised to find "gay" being used pejoratively to mean bad, worthless and generally rubbish, even by gay friends!
    #2Authorchristina25 Mar 08, 13:02
     
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