gay = bright, lively, cheerful

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Tue Feb 26 14:55:22 UTC 2008

Sometimes "lavender" just means "lavender".  "Hardy
lavender" may be the proper name of a cultivar of
pansy.  Personally, I make no general association of
"lavender" with homosexuality.

--- RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:

> The plant being thus marketed is "hardy lavender";
> the marketer is Spring
> River Nurseries, Hartford, Michigan. While the color
> "lavender" has, like the
> word "gay" itself, long been associated with
> homosexuality, the ad shows no sign
> of intending any sort of association with queer
> subculture.
> ADS-L will not let me attach a pdf of the actual ad,
> but I will be happy to
> send a copy to anyone who asks for it. The ad does
> not appear on the Spring
> River Nurseries web page.
> **************
> Ideas to please picky eaters. Watch video
> on AOL Living.
> The American Dialect Society -

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