Four-letter words and their ilk are everywhere. They have come to occupy a formidable role in our culture--in our everyday language, entertainment, literature and music. Where do they belong--limbo, hell, or whatever? Be that as it may, it is now time to put them and their ilk into proper perspective. What better way than through a manifesto? ...So Ta-Da!
Although there exists much controversy among scholars, the word most likely derives from the Old English gal for "lewd" and"lascivious" (which also gave us quite a "gal," a nineteenth-century British term for a prostitute) rather than the more obvious gai, from Provence in southeastern France, a word which earlier referred to courtly love and its literature.