_romance_ and _romantic (life)_ as euphemisms

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 5 08:27:31 UTC 2012

On Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 1:52 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> _romantic life_

Back in the day, asking, "How's your family fife?" was gay-BE code for
ascertaining whether the man addressed was also gay.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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