Gay old time

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Jan 10 22:49:24 UTC 2012

On Jan 10, 2012, at 2:43 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> 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.

I did not know that. One hit:

"A High Old Time in Rhode Island: Feds release annual drug numbers."


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