Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 07:37:56 -0400 From: "Bethany K. Dumas, U of Tennessee" Subject: Re: GAY (Changes to the English Language) I watched part of an A&E program on the Whitechapel Murders lat night (aka Jack the Ripper). The commentator explained at one point that in Victorian England prostitutes were known as "gay" women and that "gay" meant "nymphomaniac" at that time. I have absoutely no documentation for this claim. Bethany Bethany K. Dumas, J.D., Ph.D. | Applied Linguistics, Language & Law Dep't of English, UT, Knoxville | EMAIL: dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 415 McClung Tower | (423) 974-6965 | FAX (423) 974-6926 Knoxville, TN 37996-0430 | See Webpage at