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Archived from the original on 21 May By the midth century, gay was well established in reference to hedonistic and uninhibited lifestyles  and its antonym straightwhich had long had connotations of seriousness, respectability, and conventionality, had now acquired specific connotations of heterosexuality.
Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. The governors said, however, that Moyles was simply keeping up with developments in English usage. Retrieved 24 May Punch magazine, Volume 33,page
That strategy used to take two weeks to get anything out and only reached the readers of gay newspapers. Help me find the way in the gay world 17 January A stand-alone editorial cartoon, no accompanying article. In a scene in which Cary Grant 's character's clothes have been sent to the cleaners, he is forced to wear a woman's feather-trimmed robe.
The word may have started to acquire associations of immorality as early as the 14th century, but had certainly acquired them by the 17th. Similarly, Fred Gilbert and G. To ignore this problem is to collude in it.
The term has also been in use as a noun with the meaning "homosexual man" since the s, most commonly in the plural for an unspecified group, as in "gays are opposed to that policy. The Oxford Dictionary of Difficult Words 1st ed. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.