2011-12-11 15:55:12 UTC
In it he uses the word "gay" several times, but never with the meaning
"He had even been eager, concerned, agreeable to anything Stofsky suggested,
but he had not expected the bantering gay tone and the remark about the
"He" is Paul Hobbes, who was seeing Stofsky for the first time since he had
been arrested on charges of burglary and receiving stolen goods ten days
before, and had now been let out on bail. The first thing Stofsky had said on
seeing Hobbes was "How do you like my new shoes?"
Now Stofsky was homosexual (he is actually a thinly disguised version of Allen
Ginsberg, the poet), yet Holmes does not appear to be aware of the use of the
word "gay" to mean homosexual, and nor does Stofsky in the book.
I first heard "gay" used to mean "homosexual" nine years after the book was
published, in 1961.
This suggests that the term was little known before, and first came into
widespread use in the 1950s.
Any contrary (or confirmatory) observations/opinions?