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Fantabulosa

A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang

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Fantabulosa by Paul Baker
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Polari has been the secret language of gay men and women through the twentieth century. But more than a language, Polari is an attitude. From the prisons and music halls of Edwardian England to Kenneth Williams, American Gls in London and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Polari has been used to laugh, bitch, gossip and cruise. Like all slang, Polari users coined an ever-changing vocabulary. Derived from words used by criminals, circus artists, beggars and prostitutes, it also employed Italian, Yiddish, French, rhyming slang and backslang. Polari speakers camped up a storm, from West End chorus boys and office workers to East End sea-queens. Since gay liberation, lesbian and gay slang has become less a language of concealment than a language of specialization, though the tradition of camp remains. A carefully researched and entertaining read, Fantabulosa presents a lexicon of Polari and a more general dictionary of lesbian and gay slang. If you don't yet know what vada the bona cartes on the ommee ajax, parkering ninty, a Mexican nightmare or a nellyectomy mean, then this is the book for you.

Author Biography

Paul Baker is Lecturer in Linguistics and Modern English Language at Lancaster University. He acknowledges the contributions of sailors, drag queens, hustlers and up- and-coming porn stars in compiling the 1650 entries in this book.
Release date NZ
March 25th, 2004
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Pages
256
Dimensions
136x190x20
ISBN-13
9780826473431
Product ID
1642313

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