"gay: (and Geo. Chauncey)

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Mon Nov 22 21:25:47 UTC 1999

Quite unrelated:  Do you have any idea how George Chauncey pronounces his
last name??  I'm trying to recall the Peter Sellers movie (was it "Being
There"?), where Sellers' Chance the Gardener becomes Chauncey Gardiner,
with an "upgrade" in the pronunciation of the first name.  Obviously, I'm

At 02:31 PM 11/22/99 -0500, you wrote:

>George Chauncey, in his "Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the
>Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940" [BasicBooks, 1994] discusses
>the word "gay" over pp. 14-21.  The historical information he offers
>supports the notion that the sense was rather a novelty when Legman
>recorded it.

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