Originally Posted by nextcommercial
Anyway.. I can see if he meant "gay" the way kids mean it these days. Teenagers say "That's so Gay" and they don't mean it the same way we might.
BUT, even if he meant "Gay" as in "Lame"
This is slightly off topic, but if you are using the word "gay" to mean "weak, not that great, not cool, yucky"--that's pejorative. When kids these days (or even kids back in my day, this isn't a new usage, though we used to say "queer" without even knowing what it meant) say "gay" to mean "bad" they are
saying that being gay is bad!
(Indeed, I'm a little leery now of using "lame" to mean bad, since it seems like saying that a person who uses crutches or a wheelchair is weak, uncool, or whatever--but that is a much older usage if you check the OED and it's going to be even more difficult to uproot.)
I know this is the sort of thing that people find picky and PC or whatever, but we really have to try not to let ourselves be sloppy. About 10% of our children, going by averages, will probably be gay--no matter how macho their toys are--so we have to think about what will be good for them all as a group, and using "gay" to mean "icky" is not going to be good.