Post Reply The original meaning of the word "Gay"
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Here is an article from Daven Hiskey ( I will give you the link if you dont believe me) [ Also I did not plagiarize it I said I will give you the link, and copied and pasted straight from the site, if you have problems google where did the term gay happy originate from? and it should be the 4th one down if not it should say "how gay came to mean homosexual Today I found" as the header]

Link: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/02/how-gay-came-to-mean-homosexual/

Daven Hiskey 34
Today I found out how ‘gay’ came to mean ‘homosexual’.

The word “gay” seems to have its origins around the 12th century in England, derived from the Old French word ‘gai’, which in turn was probably derived from a Germanic word, though that isn’t completely known. The word’s original meaning meant something to the effect of “joyful”, “carefree”, “full of mirth”, or “bright and showy”.

However, around the early parts of the 17th century, the word began to be associated with immorality. By the mid 17th century, according to an Oxford dictionary definition at the time, the meaning of the word had changed to mean “addicted to pleasures and dissipations. Often euphemistically: Of loose and immoral life”. This is an extension of one of the original meanings of “carefree”, meaning more or less uninhibited.

Fast-forward to the 19th century and the word gay referred to a woman who was a prostitute and a gay man was someone who slept with a lot of women, often prostitutes. Sort of ironical that today a gay man doesn’t sleep with women. :-) Also at this time, the phrase “gay it” meant to have sex.

With these new definitions, the original meanings of “carefree”, “joyful”, and “bright and showy” were still around; so the word was not exclusively used to refer to prostitutes or a promiscuous man. Those were just accepted definitions, along with the other meanings of the word.

Around the 1920s and 1930s, however, the word started to have a new meaning. In terms of the sexual meaning of the word, a “gay man” no longer just meant a man who had sex with a lot of women, but now started to refer to men who had sex with other men. There was also another word “gey cat” at this time which meant a homosexual boy.

By 1955, the word gay now officially acquired the new added definition of meaning homosexual males. Gay men themselves seem to have been behind the driving thrust for this new definition as they felt (and most still do), that “homosexual” is much too clinical sounding and is often thought of as offensive among gay people due to sounding like a disorder. As such, it was common amongst themselves to refer to one another as “gay” decades before this was a commonly known definition (reportedly homosexual men were calling one another gay as early as the 1920s). At this time, homosexual women were referred to as lesbians, not gay. Although women could still be called gay if they were prostitutes as that meaning had not yet 100% disappeared.

Since then, gay, meaning homosexual male, has steadily driven out all the other definitions that have floated about through time and of course also has gradually begun supplementing the word ‘lesbian’ as referring to women who are homosexual.

Not satisfied with simply changing its definition once a century, as early as the 1980s a new definition for the word gay started popping up among American youth where now something gay could either mean a homosexual or something that is “lame” or “stupid” or the like. This new definition was originally almost exclusively meant as an insulting term, derogatorily referencing homosexuals.
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the 34 was a mistake, that was the number of replies for the article on the site I believe
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They taught this in political science during my first semester in college.
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Cool dude
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queer also used to mean something else.

homosexuals are taking over the world, fear us.

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Everytime I think of it as an insult I think Ken Jeong
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAEiI_x71Ko
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GayAsianBoy wrote:


homosexuals are taking over the world, fear us.



kinda hard to do when their so nice at least all the ones I know are nice. the ones I truly fear are the ones that say their going to hell and jesus hate them
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You need to do a counter argument now... where did straight come from?
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Posted 2/20/15
Evolution of words, my friends.
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Scooty-Bby wrote:

You need to do a counter argument now... where did straight come from?
Maybe we should start using the word crooked to describe straight people
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

queer also used to mean something else.

homosexuals are taking over the world, fear us.


My Mom & family still generally use the traditional definition of the word queer of something odd or out of the ordinary, always have my whole life. I have stopped using it that way as I know culturally it generally doesn't have that connotation, but yea, there are those of us who still use it to mean what it traditionally has meant - something weird.

Also, Jack Skellington uses that definition in his song "What's This?"

Back to OP's point, interesting history of the term which I did not know. I knew the "gay = happy" definition, but not the other ones.
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Adopt our kids,

Please?
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And yet to high school nimrods everywhere, "gay" is still considered to be a substitute for "stupid". I hear it so many times (in five days out of the week alone) in a small learning environment alone, it's ridiculous.

Anyway, it's nice to hear an elaboration on how the context of the modern version of "gay" came to be. I knew a moderate amount of info on the older meaning, mainly that yeah, it meant "happy / joyful", but I didn't know a lot about the origins of the modern meaning i.e. gay aka "homosexual".
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By 1955, the word gay now officially acquired the new added definition of meaning homosexual males.


I knew it! The OP of The Flintstones was telling me to HAVE GAY SEX WITH CAVEMEN!



Gay men themselves seem to have been behind the driving thrust for this new definition


....I c wut u did thar.

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