Thursday, September 6, 2007


I'm here to tell the world that when the word "gay" is used in a motion picture made before, say, 1970, it doesn't mean homosexual. It means happy. Jovial. And so on.

While looking it up in the dictionary, I came across this interesting bit of information:

In addition to its original and continuing senses of “merry, lively” and “bright or showy,” gay has had various 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.

Fascinating. But anyway, that's not the point. The point is, when we went to see The Sound of Music with thousands of others in Grant Park, the biggest laugh of the night came when the Baroness described something as gay. It wasn't a joke! But it got the biggest laugh.

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