The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #84262   Message #1555997
Posted By: Raedwulf
04-Sep-05 - 02:34 PM
Thread Name: BS: Abuse of words
Subject: RE: BS: Abuse of words
Barrie - whatever past meanings it could have (which also included carefree & happy *without* any sexual connotations!), it now means homosexual & nothing else. Try saying "I'm gay" in public & see what reaction you get. If you say you're giggly, no-one will bat an eyelid; if you say you're merry, some people may, if the context is appropriate, think you've been imbibing. Gay, these days, means one thing & one thing only.

As to "hijacking", I'm sure I remember reading somewhere that there was a deliberate movement on the part of the homosexual community to label themselves as gay, in preference to the highly derogatory "queer".