unearths some literary gems.
From The Brothers Sackville, by G. D. H. and Margaret Cole:
[To ensure a gay (in the old sense) party, there's nothing like bringing someone named Gay. And that Minnie! She's always girling.]
There was quite a gay little party in progress at Summerdene. Hal Kipson was there, and he had brought Peter Gay with him.... Minnie Girling was there, full of laughter as usual; and Hester Longsight....
She led him firmly across to where the film actor was holding forth, with Minnie Girling putting him questions all of a giggle.