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1940s slang for homosexual


Before 'gay' became common and accepted parlance, the world invented its own unofficial terms for men who dug men. Some names were self-created and others were thrust, often cruelly, upon gay, bi, and queer men.

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Before these words disappear forever, here is a linguistic reminder of days past. 1940s slang for homosexual common, mostly innocuous term of the middle of the 20th century used among gay and bi men. It can refer more to demeanor than sexual practices, but it is mildly derogatory. Played by Judy Garland in the film? See the Broadway play and the film of the same name. Origin most likely the U. Said to be derived from the sounds the bugee makes when expelling air from a freshly stretched anus.

Can be as widely used as the word fuck with as many meanings. Based on the word buggery sodomy.

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It carries with it a rowdy feel, as it is a word straight British men tend to favor. This one denotes not only homosexuality but effeminacy.

A lovely flower with a face, but also we see references to tanks used by Germans in World War II — panzies, from panzers. When British eccentric Stephen Tennant was but a lad, he ran out of the family mansion one morning to play, only to come screaming back to his mother in tears.

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British, possibly from the gay subculture language Polari. Fruitcake can also mean a crazy person. Earliest reference we can find: The term came to be used mostly by German men.

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There is still a gay touring agency called Uranian Travel. Based on a vaudeville term. The Nance was a gay burlesque character that was a staple "1940s slang for homosexual" the times.

Liberal Party, was accused of having a homosexual affair with Norman Scott, a model above right. This story seems fairly conflated, but amusing enough to repeat here. British they seem to have as many words for gay as Alaskans do for ice. Essentially meaning that despite outward markers of male and female gender, a persons sexual nature was inverted.

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Popular at the late 19th and early 20th century by sexologists, but doubtfully used among the actual inverts. Maybe Radclyffe Hall used it. But Radclyffe was so hardcore.

Light in the loafers. A history of early words used to label homosexuals, leading up to the use of the word Dyke, meaning butch lesbian, goes back to s black American slang: By the s the homosexual meaning of gay was common knowledge to.

in delimiting homosexual slang, 1940s slang for homosexual overlaps that of other subgroups in our society .

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