Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 09:21:38 -0600 From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" Subject: Re: WOTY from David Barnhart >The earliest concrete example we have in the Random House Dictionary >of American Slang files is 1994, and we've read a moderate amount of >gay sources. We do have several attestations of earlier use, such >as Beth's and Ron's above. However, I've also asked a number of >people who have been active in the New York gay community for years >who've said that they just learned it six months ago. I'd suggest, >therefore, that while probably dating back to the 1970s, its wide >dispersal--even within some gay communities--is very recent. Well, I don't date back 14 years in my usage of term, but I can definitely vouch for longer than six months -- in fact, back to 1991. That's when I first heard the term, and it was commonly used among the new group of friends from whom I learned it. I imagine I'd have heard it sooner had I not grown up in an environment where, for example, I never once heard the word "bisexual." =^] ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ;Kathleen M. O'Neill ... Language Laboratory Technician I ; ;koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ... u55354[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ; ;:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::; ;University of Illinois at Chicago ... Language Laboratory ; ;703 South Morgan Street (M/C 042) ... Grant Hall, Room 311 ; ;Chicago, IL 60607-7025 ; ;312.996.8838 or 8836 ... 312.996.5501 FAX ; ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;