Tag (also known as it, tiggy, tips, dobby, chasey tick, and many other names) is a playground game played worldwide that involves one or more players chasing other players in an attempt to "tag" or touch them, usually with their hands. There are many variations. Most forms have no teams, scores, or equipment.
A group of players (two or more) decide who is going to be 'it', often using a counting-out game such as Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. 'It' then chases the others to get close enough to 'tag' them—a touch with the hand—while the others try to escape. A 'tag' makes the tagged player 'it'. The game continues indefinitely.
There are many variants which modify the rules for team play, or place restrictions on tagged players' behaviour. A simple variation makes tag an elimination game, so those tagged drop out of play. A 'no tag-backs', 'no returns', or 'can't tag your master' rule prevents a player from tagging the person who has just tagged them.
The term gay was originally used to refer to feelings of being "carefree", "happy", or "bright and showy"; it had also come to acquire some connotations of "immorality" as early as 1637.
The term's use as a reference to homosexuality may date as early as the late 19th century, but its use gradually increased in the 20th century. In modern English, gay has come to be used as an adjective, and occasionally as a noun, referring to the people, practices, and culture associated with homosexuality. By the end of the 20th century, the word gay was recommended by major style guides to describe people attracted to members of the same sex. At about the same time, a new, pejorative use became prevalent in some parts of the world. In the Anglosphere, this connotation, among younger speakers, has a derisive meaning equivalent to rubbish or stupid (as in "That's so gay."). In this use the word does not mean "homosexual", so it can be used, for example, to refer to an inanimate object or abstract concept of which one disapproves. When used in this way, the extent to which it still retains connotations of homosexuality has been debated.