- LGBT slang
LGBT slang or gay slang in
linguisticsrefers to a form of English slangused predominantly among LGBT( lesbian, gay, bisexualand transgender) people.
Differences and similarities to Polari
Modern LGBT slang has origins in the English language.
Polariwas a cant or cryptolect used in the gay subculturein Britain. Polari derives from Italian languages, Mediterranean Lingua Franca, Yiddishand French. (Baker, 2002)] Another difference between gay slang and Polari is that gay slang has become descriptive of the overall experience of life in the gay community, whereas Polari includes names for common words that have no exclusive relation to the LGBT culture (e.g., "glossies" for "magazines").
Although there are differences, modern gay slang has adopted many polari words, as detailed in the table below:
Many terms that originated as gay slang have become part of the popular
lexicon. For example, the word "drag" was popularized by Hubert Selby, Jr. in his book " Last Exit to Brooklyn". "Drag" has been traced back by the Oxford English Dictionary(OED) to the late 19th Century. Conversely, words such as " banjee", while well-established in a subset of gay society, have never made the transition to popular use. Other less well known terms include "funguy" : This is a flamboyant homosexualwho endulges in any gay sex/ fetishand will dress in gay attire; also "linker Man" : This is a gay male who dresses in gay attire which must include chains, normally he is leather clad. Both of these are normally found in gay barsand thus form part of gay scene.
* cite book
title=Fantabulosa, a dictionary of Polari and gay slang
* cite book
title=The Queens' Vernacular : a gay lexicon
publisher=Straight Arrow Books
Friend of Dorothy
* Japanese gay slang
* Singapore gay terminology
* Filipino gay slang
* [http://wizardsgayslang.com/Wizard's Gay Slang Dictionary]
* [http://www.tvwiki.tv/wiki/Gay_slang List of words and phrases]
* [http://www.geocities.com/WestHollywood/Heights/5393/dictionary.html Dictionary of Gay Slang and Historical Terms]
* [http://andrejkoymasky.com/lou/dic/dic00.html GLTB Slang Dictionary]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/gayrights/story/0,12592,997623,00.html Lavender Linguistics, from Guardian Unlimited]
* [http://www.chris-d.net/polari/ Polari: British Gay Slang]
* [http://www.gaymart.com/6fun/slang.html Queer Slang in the Gay 90's]
* [http://www.sdu.dk/Hum/graduateschool/DCameronChap4.pdf Sexuality as Identity: Gay and Lesbian Language]
* [http://de.geocities.com/gayphrases1/index.html "Gay Language Guide"] - gay slang in various languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Hungarian, Russian, Thai
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