‘That's So Gay’: A Contemporary Use of Gay in Australian English

@article{Lalor2007ThatsSG,
  title={‘That's So Gay’: A Contemporary Use of Gay in Australian English},
  author={Therese Lalor and Johanna Rendle-Short},
  journal={Australian Journal of Linguistics},
  year={2007},
  volume={27},
  pages={147 - 173}
}
Recently, a different usage of the word gay has appeared in Australian English. In addition to the earlier meaning of gay being ‘happy’, ‘carefree’ and ‘frivolous’ (1st meaning), and to a later meaning of gay being synonymous with ‘homosexual’ (2nd meaning), it appears that gay is now being understood by young people to mean ‘stupid’, ‘lame’ or ‘boring’, as in ‘That shirt is so gay’, or ‘How gay is that?’ (3rd meaning). Two studies were performed to ascertain who is aware of this new meaning of… 

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