It was just a fun word meaning bright and colorful, happy and joyous. In the English of Yorkshire and Scotland formerly it could mean "moderately, rather, considerable" ; compare sense development in pretty adj. Please knock it off. A BBC ruling by the Board of Governors over the use of the word in this context by Chris Moyles on his Radio 1 show, "I do not want that one, it's gay," advises "caution on its use" for this reason:. Retrieved 1 July Dwaine Stark April 26, 5:
In the the Romantic Languages there is often a sweet way to refer to people using terms of endearment.
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