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Old 07-15-2013, 12:32 AM   #1
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A word challenge
OK - so I'm in the middle of finalising an orchestration for a client in the USA, and it's a musical work, translated from French into English. This is always problematic as stresses are very different between the two languages, et cetera.

One word that is used is 'gay' - meaning, of a sunny disposition (not a reference to who they might hop into bed with).

Can anyone for the life of me come up with a single, mono-syballic word alternative to "gay"?? I thought about "fay" but it doesn't quite fit.

I'm stumped.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:49 AM   #2
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Context?
http://thesaurus.com/browse/happy?s=t
Maybe you could work it out to use a two syllable word? Just a thought.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:59 AM   #3
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Hey Grumpy - context:

Piquilllo sings: I'm hanged if I know what I say! But I'm gay, I am gay.

He is NOT referring to his sexuality - hence needing to find a single syllable word with a similar sound to "gay" ...
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:03 AM   #5
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By the way, Grumpy - thanks for the link to that brilliant thesaurus.
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I think I'll just have to use "gay" and hope the audience doesn't crack up laughing.

Great, might even work at a pinch.
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Originally Posted by DavidSydney63 View Post
By the way, Grumpy - thanks for the link to that brilliant thesaurus.
You're welcome. There are other sites with a dictionary, etc., that's easy to remember because it's dicitonary.com. LOL Hopefully the audience is mature enough to know there is more than one meaning for the word.
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Originally Posted by DavidSydney63 View Post
OK - so I'm in the middle of finalising an orchestration for a client in the USA, and it's a musical work, translated from French into English. This is always problematic as stresses are very different between the two languages, et cetera.

One word that is used is 'gay' - meaning, of a sunny disposition (not a reference to who they might hop into bed with).

Can anyone for the life of me come up with a single, mono-syballic word alternative to "gay"?? I thought about "fay" but it doesn't quite fit.

I'm stumped.


LOL, if I were you, I'd rewrite the whole line
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David, if you use merry, the m's will blur together a bit when spoken: "I'm merry, I am merry." It's as close as I can get, just a thought.
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