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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Gay, John 1685-1732. English writer known especially for his play The Beggar's Opera (1728).

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  • proper n. An English surname, originally a nickname for a cheerful or lively person.
  • proper n. A female given name from the word gay, "joyful"; rare today.
  • proper n. A male given name. Also a shortened form of Gabriel, Gaylord and similar names, or transferred from the surname.


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  • Laced with historical inaccuracies and steeped in elitism andentitlement, the term Gay Apartheid is deeply offensive and unnecessarily divisive.

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  • He often said he was proud of coining the phrase "Gay is Good," and I hope that will go on his tombstone.

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  • In 2009, Kameny said he wanted to be remembered most for coining the phrase "Gay is Good" in 1968 to counter an onslaught of negative language about gays and lesbians. rss feed

  • The word Mong means Down's syndrome about as much as the word Gay means happy. ie I never use the word Mong to mean anything to do with Downs Syndrome.

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  • It's like a win but also defeat at the same time, one user commented on Facebook, under the name Gay Aussie.

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  • I'm not out to prove that I'm this or that so I use the term Gay as to me it means that I don't have to justify myself to the rest of the world in my choice of lover.


  • While the Liberal Democrat-run council steadfastly refuses to use the term Gay Village it seems it is fighting a losing battle.

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  • Cuomo, like his father, is descended from what I call the Gay Talese or does it go back to Michelangelo? line of Italian-Americans -- witty, intelligent, dapper.

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  • Ovitz went after what he called the Gay Mafia - Geffen, Barry Diller, and even those who weren't gay like Ron Meyer and Eisner, because he claimed they were the cause of his woes.

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