new words: gaycism

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Mar 24 00:22:10 UTC 2007

>The first thing that came to my mind was John Wayne Gayce. Different
>strokes, to coin a phrase.

Wasn't he Gacy, or maybe Gacey?  It was back when all trendy serial
killers had to have "Wayne" as their middle names.


>On 3/20/07, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
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>>... reported on briefly on Language Log:
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>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.
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