[Ads-l] "gay" avoidance

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 20 20:05:43 EDT 2018


Civil War song:

                         We're the boys so gay and happy,
                         Wheresoe'er we chance to be,
                         If at home or on camp duty,
                         It is the same--we're always free!
                         So let the guns roar as they will,
                         We'll be gay and happy still.

"Camp duty" obviously has to go too.

JL

On Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 7:42 PM Margaret Winters <mewinters at wayne.edu>
wrote:

> I learned it as a kid, but from my mother I think (Brooklyn born but knew
> all sorts of music).
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> MARGARET E WINTERS
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> Wayne State University
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> > in public school in NYC
>
> In Catholic school in St. Louis and in Marshall, Texas, too. Never heard of
> the Kookaburra Song till now, though.
>
> On Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 11:21 AM Margaret Winters <mewinters at wayne.edu>
> wrote:
>
> > 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
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> > mewinters at wayne.edu
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> > Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM>
> > Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 10:47 AM
> > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > 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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