[Ads-l] "gay" avoidance

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Mon Aug 20 11:21:40 EDT 2018


Another round ("Row, Row, Row Your Boat") came up in conversation the other day.  Do kids still sing them?  We certainly did in public school in NYC, a few decades ago, I must admit.


Margaret


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MARGARET E WINTERS
Former Provost
Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI  48202

mewinters at wayne.edu



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Subject: Re: "gay" avoidance

The Kookaburra Song is another candidate for expurgation. Especially
nowadays its making fun of monkeys. Still recall the nuns having us sing it
numberless times in rounds. Catchy tune, though.

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