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Arcadia Publishing. Archived from the original on 2 February The only way something can be official in language is if there is a governing party that regulates it, and that is not the function of a dictionary or style guide.
Gay never meant anything sexual before the 70s. There is little doubt that the homosexual sense is a development of the word's traditional meaning, as described above. What the word gay from that of carefree to the current needed is better education — of students and teachers alike. Examples include "sporty" girls and "artistic" boys, [ 18 ] all with the stress deliberately on the otherwise completely innocent adjective.
Once again, this isn't oversensitivity, or nitpicking over language that may have been used quite innocently. Gay This article is about gay as a term. So a word that started out meaning "happy" has ended up being used to denigrate. Using the term gay as an adjective where the meaning is akin to "related to homosexual people, culture, or homosexuality in general" is a widely accepted use of the word.
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