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    have a base/sell it for anything ...

    Hi

    A woman was thinking of selling a house. She says:

    Since my husband's death I’ve been in a quandary. I do like the house, and one must have a base, and I know I couldn’t sell it for anything like what it cost. And Barbara always has a very gay time when we are here.

    I'm not quite sure how to understand the bolded part?

    Is she saying she couldn't sell it for the price which was offered?

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    Re: have a base/sell it for anything ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    A woman was thinking of selling a house. She says:

    Since my husband's death I’ve been in a quandary. I do like the house, and one must have a base, and I know I couldn’t sell it for anything like what it cost. And Barbara always has a very gay time when we are here.

    I'm not quite sure how to understand the bolded part?

    Is she saying she couldn't sell it for the price which was offered?
    "One must have a base" = One needs somewhere to live/call home"
    "I couldn't sell it for anything like what it cost" = I wouldn't get as much money for it as we paid for it.

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    Re: have a base/sell it for anything ...

    n.a.t.

    I understand it as follows:
    - she is in a dilemma
    - one must have a home (base)
    - she isn't offered the price the house is worth / had cost in the past

    "to have a gay time" is a common expression?

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    Re: have a base/sell it for anything ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael84 View Post


    "to have a gay time" is a common expression?
    Not since the homosexuals appropriated the word "gay" to describe themselves.

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    Re: have a base/sell it for anything ...

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Not since the homosexuals appropriated the word "gay" to describe themselves.
    I've read this before meaning "to have a lot of fun" (not in a sexual way), but that was quite a while ago.

    Nowadays, it sounds pretty awkward when you tell your friends: "Oh yeah, last night we had a very, very gay time together".

    P.S.: The word "gay" often has and had bad connotations, like gay disease which was used for HIV in the early 80`s.
    Last edited by Michael84; 21-Jun-2011 at 14:10. Reason: P.S.:

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    Re: have a base/sell it for anything ...

    Let's just say that the old meaning of the word is no longer in use. You may find it in older works, with the original meaning. Before the 1960s or so.

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