Slang will always be there

Posted: Friday, May 02, 2008

Well, Mr. Popp's letter (Clarion, April 28) noting a change in slang terms happening in our culture today gave me pause for thought.

He says that he wishes the younger people wouldn't use the word "gay" to refer to the inane or idiotic, because it insults "gay" people.

I recall that during my childhood the word "gay" meant merry, joyous. There is a poem, in fact, about the type of children fancifully effected by the day of the week on which they were born Sunday's child is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

Having been born on Sunday myself, I was mildly resentful of the appropriation of the word "gay" to denote homosexuality. Why not just refer to them as homosexual?

In my son's English class we are right now studying the evolution of slanguage over the centuries. Our text states that slang has always existed, in every time and tongue. I would say that if it could happen some 30 years ago, it is free to happen again.

Asi es la vida. (Such is life.)

Teresa McNulty


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