Bil Browning

Endangered language: Polari

Filed By Bil Browning | December 12, 2010 7:00 AM | comments

Filed in: You Gotta See This
Tags: gay language, Polari, secret language

Polari, a language used mostly by gay men, sailors, and actors, has been listed as endangered. Kudos to Joe Jervis for the video clip about Polari. He has another one on his site too if you'd like to hear more.


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In the Netherlands our gender-queer group the Noodles is creating/enriching trans-polari with lots of mostly dutch words. Some of them are translatable or understandable in English like "Sushi" for a trans male phallus, or the "Change princess" for the endocrinologist ... and we regularly invent new words or meanings. See http://www.n00dles.nl/genderwiki/index.php?title=Transpolarisch for the listed words :o)

http://queermusicheritage.us/aug2004.html

I included a small section of musical polari on my show at the link above.