Confirmed Bachelor

Mark A. Mandel Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Wed Jun 20 18:00:17 UTC 2001

Two more contributions from the lois-bujold list, whose logophilous
membership this question comes from. The first one overlaps with Barry's

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Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 20:30:45 +0100 (BST)
From: Susan Fox-Davis <DELETED>

I ran 'confirmed bachelor' through Google, and the first reference to
come up was a web page on Paul Lynde.  Make of that what you will.

"The Webtender" defines "Confirmed Bachelor" thusly at

Confirmed Bachelor


      crushed Ice
      1 1/2 oz Gin
      1 tsp Grenadine
      1/2 tsp Rose's Lime Juice
      1 Egg white

 Mixing instructions:

 In a shaker half-filled with crushed ice, combine all of the
 ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Submitted by:
Susan Fox-Davis/Ma Foxti


Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 20:33:33 +0100 (BST)
From: Alan S. <DELETED>

     [This cite is also in the material from Charlie Finlay
      that I've already forwarded, but Alan S. adds his own
      recollections. -- MAM]

A Gay Slang dictionary < >
says:  "In Obituraries in The Times of London, they used the expressions
'he never married' for heterosexual bachelors, and 'confirmed bachelor'
as a code for being gay."

This is consistent with my memory of [anecdotal] references to 'confimed
bachelor' as being a [British only?] NEWSPRINT euphemism [or maybe more
of a "just for those in the know" code...?]


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