IRENE
I'm not sure about a line of a sitcom I'm watching a old sitcom called The Golden Girls. When Blanche want to date with a man, she ask her friend Dorothy:"Dorothy, is he single or what?" Dorothy:"Or what?" Blanche:"Happpily?" Dorothy:"Happily." Blanche:"Damn." I thought the "Happily" means "marriage" in the beginning, but then I doubted if it means "gay".
Dec 4, 2016 10:59 AM
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Hi Irene. This is one of my favorite shows; I hope you're enjoying it. About your question, "happily married" is a common phrase. So in the conversation, Blanche's question, "happily?", meant "Is he happily married?" Hope this helps.
December 4, 2016
I have never watched the show, so apply relevant knowledge to your interpretation; but going only on the text: 'Happily' doesn't suggest 'gay' here. It just means that Blanche would have been willing to pursue this man even if he were in a relationship if it were an 'unhappy' one. She says 'damn' because given that his relationship is 'happy' she has no excuse to pursue him (apparently the likes him alot!). By the way Dorothy's first statement 'or what' isn't a question (you put a question mark) it is a statement. It means 'he isn't single'. 'Is he single or what' is the American way of saying 'is he single'. 'Or what' is an addition that Americans sometimes add to questions; it doesn't change the meaning. So Blanch plays on this and replies 'or what!' (a statement, not a question) meaning 'no, he isn't single'. Disappointed Blanche tries again: well if he is in a relationship, perhaps he is not happy? ('I still have a chance!') But no, he is happy. So, VERY disappointed, she curses 'damn'.
December 4, 2016
I think it means: "happily married".
December 4, 2016
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