Gay is naff

One version of gay is very similar to naff. From the Urban Dictionary:

1. naff

British slang, today meaning uncool, tacky, unfashionable, worthless… or as a softer expletive, in places where one might use “fuck” as in “naff off”, “naff all”, “naffing about”.

Origins of the word are disputed, but it appears to have come from Polari (gay slang), used to dismissively refer to heterosexual people. It was introduced as a less offensive expletive verb (“naff off”) in the ’70s UK television show, Porridge. “Naff off!” was famously used by Princess Anne in 1982.

Naff the naffing naffers.

2. naff
British slang, describes something that is stupid, lame or unpalatable.

That party was naff — they ran out of beer, and the people were way too uptight.

3. naff

Of poor quality – in particular, tacky or obvious in some way.
That song is SOO naff.

Ironically: gay slang used to dismissively refer to heterosexual people.

But the expletive version doesn’t fit, “gay the gaying gayers” doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Defining marriage

It is often claimed that marriage has always been between a man and woman. For example:

I see this as an argument over the definition of a word – marriage = man and woman, and has done since the word was ‘created’

Definitions include:

1. to take in marriage
2. to perform the marriage ceremonies for (two people); join in wedlock.
3. to give in marriage; arrange the marriage of.
4. to unite intimately: Common economic interests marry the two countries.
5. to take as an intimate life partner by a formal exchange of promises in the manner of a traditional marriage ceremony.

Where does the word ‘marry’ come from?

1250–1300; Middle English marien < Old French marier < Latin marītāre to wed, derivative of marītus conjugal, akin to mās male (person)

Word Origin & History
c.1300, from O.Fr. marier, from L. maritare “to wed, marry, give in marriage,” from maritus “married man, husband,” of uncertain origin, perhaps ult. from “provided with a *mari,” a young woman, from PIE base *meri- “young wife,” akin to *meryo- “young man” (cf. Skt. marya- “young man, suitor”).

a common oath in the Middle Ages, c.1350, now obsolete, a corruption of the name of the Virgin Mary.

Nothing there definitively saying marriage = man and woman. It seems to be man orientated, not surprising as marriage often used to be man owns woman (as part of his property). A marriage was a convention used to breed an heir for his property.

And anyone who knows about language evolution will say the definition history is irrelevant. “Gay” has evolved to a variety of modern uses, eg merry, homosexual and lame.

As others have said, how we legally define marriage is up to us now.

It could be said that Louisa Wall is trying to make marry merry.

Marriage rights made simple

Can we have law that reflects this?