The Meaning Of Gay And Homosexuality

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Our world changes day by day. Humans grow, evolve, and adjust to the modern world. As our world advances, our language and terminology progresses along with it. A word that has changed completely in definition is “gay”, it has two completely different meanings. Today “gay” means, “of, relating to, or exhibiting sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one's own sex; homosexual” (The Definition of Gay). and in the 12th century “gay” meant “happy or carefree” (How Gay) How did the definition of this word change so greatly over the years?
Gay came about in the 12th century, with the meaning of “carefree”, “joyful”, or “bright and showy” (How Gay).“The word is first recorded in English c.1325, with the meaning of beautiful, in a poem titled Blow, Northerne Wind, which appears in the manuscript British Library MS Harley 2253.” “The English word comes from the French gai, but where this French word comes from is uncertain” (Word Origins.org.). The first meaning of gay was once meant to have a meaning of happiness. People woke up hoping to have a “gay” day.
By the 17th century “gay” started to change from meaning bright and showy to mean “immorality”. “By the mid 17th century, according to an Oxford dictionary definition at the time, the meaning of the word had changed to mean “addicted to pleasures and dissipations. Often euphemistically: Of loose and immoral life” (How Gay). In the span of five - hundred years this word began to greatly change from
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