Quotation by Gertrude Stein

They were regular in being gay, they learned little things that are things in being gay, they learned many little things that are things in being gay, they were gay every day, they were regular, they were gay, they were gay the same length of time every day, they were gay, they were quite regularly gay.
Gertrude Stein (1874–1946), U.S. author. repr. A Stein Reader, ed. Ulla E. Dydo, Northwestern University Press (1993). "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene," (written 1911), originally published Geography and Plays (1922).

Probably this is the genesis for the word "gay" being used as a euphemism for "homosexual;" in July 1923, when this story about two lesbians was published in the popular magazine Vanity Fair, the word became underground argot among homosexuals.
Surprise me with a
The Columbia World of Quotations © 1996, Columbia University Press.
Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. Except as otherwise permitted by written agreement, the following are prohibited: copying substantial portions or the entirety of the work in machine readable form, making multiple printouts thereof, and other uses of the work inconsistent with U.S. and applicable foreign copyright and related laws.
Copyright ©  2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
About PRIVACY POLICY Terms Careers Advertise with Us Contact Us Suggest a Word Help