Gay old time

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 10 22:43:29 UTC 2012

On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
> The OED paraphrases Burchfield about the word "gay," saying, " in its earlier meanings of ‘carefree’ or ‘bright and showy’ cannot readily be used today without at least a sense of double entendre".
> The expression "gay old time" is probably one of the best way to illustrate that, though the OED does not include it.

"High old time" is another.

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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