In The Vernacular: Gayelle: In. Lesbian: Out.

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New Name For Lesbians

A group of, um, gay women have become fed up with the sobriquet ‘lesbian’ and are looking for a change. They feel that the word ‘lesbian’ has become distasteful and virtually an insult, whereas ‘gay’ has a more playful origin. Which does bring up a funny issue. Pretty much all of the old stand-ins for a homosexual male were borrowed from other parts of language; one means bundle of sticks, one means happy, and another means odd.

At any rate, this group of Sapphic gals decided that ‘lesbian’ doesn't work for them any more. So, instead of complaining about it, they decided to come up with a new term. And the term they came up with is ‘gayelle.’ Essentially, it’s gay plus the French word for ‘she.’ We think that there’s more to this. We think that they’re inadvertently calling out Oprah’s good friend Gayle. This will not stand. Oprah could destroy them. Quick history note: the word ‘Lesbian’ is derived from the Greek isle Lesbos. A lady called Sappho (hence the word ‘Sapphic’) was a poet on this island known for it’s relative freedom and education for women.

We suppose it’s good if a group finds a way to ditch labels that they feel have a negative connotation. But we’re not sure if ‘gayelle’ is much of an improvement. And don’t homosexual dudes really have more of a need for a positive, unambiguous term?

Read more of the story from The Daily Telegraph

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