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Norwegian gøy means "fun" in both Bokmål and Nynorsk. Does this word have anything to do with English gay?

Wiktionary says gay comes ultimately from Proto-Germanic ganhuz "sudden" via Old French gai "joyful, laughing, merry", but under ganhuz, Wiktionary lists no North Germanic descendants.

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According to the Norske Akademis Ordbok, gøy is from English “gay”.

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    @LjL Doesn't seem like too much of a stretch, since the difference between /ei/ and /øy/ is only a single feature. Though I also don't know what sound change might have caused it. – Draconis Jul 10 at 16:13
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    @LjL I think you may be relying too much on the spelling and how the individual vowels of the diphthongs are pronounced outside of the diphthongs. "Gøy" sounds a lot more similar to English "gay" than "gei" would (I'm a native speaker). – Sverre Jul 10 at 18:07
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    I've also found some material claiming gøy as related to English Guy (as in Guy Fawkes): the Swedish Wiktionary does that, although I haven't checked the (video?) citation it provides, and then I saw it mentioned on a forum where someone was asking about the word's origin, for the little that's worth. Color me confused as to how Guy Fawkes would semantically turn into gøy, but at least in terms of phonetics, to me personally the jump from Guy seems less weird than the one from gay, although I'm a native speaker of neither language. – LjL Jul 10 at 19:21
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    @LjL Because there's no diphthong in Norwegian beginning with [e]. – Sverre Jul 13 at 0:06
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    @LjL for all practical purposes the vowel in English gay (i.e. the face vowel) is a diphthong /eɪ/ instead of a monophthong */e/, so a Norwegian wouldn't necessarily naturally start with a monophthong /eː/ to render it. Norwegian orthographic ei is phonologically /æɪ/, so that's rather off, and it wouldn't not make sense if Norwegian simply chose to use øy /œʏ/ for Eng./eɪ/, especially considering rounding for front vowels isn't a thing in English. – Rethliopuks Jul 18 at 9:47

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