Let’s say, “That’s so gay”


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Ok, so you have probably seen the PSA about not saying “That’s gay” or “that’s so gay”. They are right on about how we should stop using it in such a negative way and that it only builds more negative feelings.

Let me present a quick thought to you.

If you Google define:gay you get

  • cheery: bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer; “a cheery hello”; “a gay sunny room”; “a sunny smile”
  • full of or showing high-spirited merriment; “when hearts were young and gay”; “a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company”- Wordsworth; “the jolly crowd at the reunion”; “jolly old Saint Nick”; “a jovial old gentleman”; “have a merry Christmas“; “peals of merry laughter”; “a mirthful …
  • given to social pleasures often including dissipation; “led a gay Bohemian life”; “a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies”
  • brave: brightly colored and showy; “girls decked out in brave new dresses”; “brave banners flying”; “`braw’ is a Scottish word”; “a dress a bit too gay for her years”; “birds with gay plumage”
  • offering fun and gaiety; “a festive (or festal) occasion”; “gay and exciting night life”; “a merry evening”
  • wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

Now I ask you, is that a bad definition? No it is not. Instead of trying to ignore the word, and yet still have it be negative lets take the word back. Let’s go back to the original definition and make it a good word again.

Let’s say things are “so gay” and let’s do it with a smile, and realize that it is not a bad thing!

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