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gayelle (gā-L) adj. adv. 1. gay (the feminine form of gay meaning homosexual) 2. of or pertaining to gay (homosexual) interests or issues. -- noun. Gayelle 1. Gay and female 2. A member of a group and or movement of gay - females who prefer to be called Gayelle rather than lesbian. -- Usage. adj. gayelle concerns, gayelle interests. adv. I’m gayelle. She’s gayelle. noun. Gayelle. Gayelle is hip and sapphic-chic. A community of Gayelles. The world population of Gayelles. A galaxy of Gayelles.

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gay (gā), adj., -er, -est, n., adv. --adj. 1. homosexual. 2. indicating or pertaining to homosexual interests or issues: gay rights; a gay organization. 3. having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits. 4. bright or showy: gay colors. 5. given to or abounding in social or other pleasures: a gay social season. 6. licentious; dissipated; wanton: a wild, gay life. --n. 7. a homosexual person, esp. a male. --adv. 8. in a gay manner. [1275-1325; < OF < Gmc; cf. OHG gāhi fast, sudden] --gay’ness, n. --Usage. GAY has had senses dealing with sexual conduct since the 17th century. A gay woman was a prostitute, a gay man a womanizer, a gay house a brothel. GAY as an adjective meaning “homosexual” goes back at least to the 1930s. GAY was applied openly by homosexuals to themselves, first as adjective and later as noun. Today, the noun often designates only a male: gays and lesbians. The word has ceased to be slang and is not used disparagingly. HOMOSEXUAL as a noun is sometimes used only in reference to a male.*

*Random House Webster's College Dictionary, Random House, Inc., 2000


          A word that does not include the word “sex,” is more acceptable language for any, other than an intellectual conversation. The present vernacular “bisexual,” as a word meaning persons who are attracted to and act upon that attraction to persons of the same and opposite sex, is misuse of the word bisexual as defined, “of both sexes; hermaphrodite,” in Webster’s Dictionary, 1940.

          To label those of the above-stated orientation with a word that is synonymous with a word to distinguish one who is born with an anomalous biological condition involving the reproductive organs, is tantamount to saying that one would have to be a freak of nature to feel that sort of mixed desire. For those reasons, the word “bisexual” is a tasteless choice, and it is unfit for use in this context and in our politically – correct – society.

          Although bisexual is now defined “3. responsive to both sexes” in American Heritage College Dictionary, 3rd edition, it is nevertheless, necessary to find and adopt a suitable replacement. A well known name from antiquity, that has become associated with a woman’s desire for another woman, is Sappho. Therefore, a word or name that brings to mind the intriguing Sappho, seems a legitimate and likely candidate. The name Sapphy could be regarded as a modern and informal form of Sappho. Sapphian looks and sounds like it could mean “like Sappho.” And sapphysapphia is a combination, beautiful to say, but arguably, a bit lengthy for our sound bite – gigabite – world. On the other hand, the thirteen – letter – five – syllable sapphysapphia is made from only six different letters; in alphabetical order they make, ahipsy (a.hip.sy), which looks and sounds close to “a hip she,” hence the creation, hipshe.

          Hipshe is a logical and practical choice with which to designate those females who have the capacity and moxy to act upon an attraction to those who are biologically similar to, as well as diametrically different from, themselves. Hipshe contains the words she and he, which makes it that much more apropos. What could be better and more hip that that?! Here’s to saying, bye bye to bisexual and thank you to sapphysapphia, from whence came the hip hipshe.


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