[Ads-l] "gay" avoidance

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 20 22:51:29 EDT 2018


Perhaps the boys can be played off by Jimmy Coe & His Gay Cats of Rhythm
with the old R&B song, Walking Along: "Walking along / Our merry way /
Singing a song / We are so gay."

On Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 8:06 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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).
> >
> >
> > ----------------------------
> > MARGARET E WINTERS
> > Former Provost
> > Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
> > Wayne State University
> > Detroit, MI  48202
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> > ________________________________
> > From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of
> > Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> > Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 6:14 PM
> > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > Subject: Re: "gay" avoidance
> >
> > > 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
> > >
> > >
> > > ----------------------------
> > > MARGARET E WINTERS
> > > Former Provost
> > > Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
> > > Wayne State University
> > > Detroit, MI  48202
> > >
> > > mewinters at wayne.edu
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > ________________________________
> > > From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of W
> > > 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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