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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?
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?
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.:
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.