About that "gay" thing

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    May 19, 2009 3:56 AM GMT
    So, I was looking at a picture of my Aunt Gay and wondering exactly when "gay" started to mean "homosexual" and not "carefree and happy?"

    Certainly, the Flintstones were having "a gay old time" in 1960, but it probably wasn't just between Fred and Barney. By 1969, though, everybody knew what was going on with "The Gay Deceivers." Then I came upon this tool at wolfram|alpha:

    namegay.jpg

    So it looks as if people stopped naming their daughters "Gay" rather abruptly by 1970. The decline seems to have started a bit before Stonewall, but that appears to be about the time that Gay turned "gay."

    As an aside, Valdimir Nabokov once said, about his 1955 book "I am probably responsible for the odd fact that people don't seem to name their daughters Lolita any more." But Wolfram|Alpha says that he was wrong. After the allegedly pedophilic novel was published, "Lolita" became a more popular name. icon_eek.gif At least for a while.
    namelolita.jpg

    That just seems... weird.
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    May 19, 2009 4:22 AM GMT
    How long have homosexual men stereotypically been considered dandy? Is this just a recent phenomenon (like the past 100 years)?
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    May 19, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    now THAT was an interesting way to indirectly figure out how Gay turned gay... very clever!!

    no, dandy is a term that has been around for longer than 100 years. baudelaire was considered a dandy, and he earned that title something more akin to 150 years ago.