The much used term, "Not in a gay way" is to be included in the next edition of the ever popular 'Street Talk Dictionary.'
The dictionary describes the origins of the term as 'uncertain' and its usage as frivolous and light hearted, usually a remark made by a heterosexual male to his drinking buddies that he likes something, but reinforcing, without offending the gay community, that he himself is not gay.
Not everybody is so keen to welcome the phrase into common usage.
"It's degrading to gay people," Gaylord Fudgepacker told us. "It's condescending, rude and arrogant. Gay people have rights, and dignity. Some are even lantern jawed and have hairy hands."
Heterosexual sex maniac Frankie the J sniggered at that.
"Gaylord friggin' Fudgepacker?" Frankie snorted. "What kind of a name is that? I love it! But not in a gay way. By God!"
So there you have it.
But not in a gay way.