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Changing Meanings of Gay

How did the word gay come to mean both “lighthearted” and “homosexual”? In the late 1800s, the term gaycat was used in hobo culture to refer to an inexperienced hobo who might take on an older mentor for help, often another...

zap

zap  n.— «Following the 1969 Stonewall riots, as the nascent gay rights movement became increasingly combative, a gay Philadelphia teenager initiated his own guerrilla war aimed at television, including the CBS Evening News. Mark Segal...

boner dyke

boner dyke  n.— «Ditto calls the song a “boner dyke anthem for straight girls who like to turn guys on by making out or, like, faking gay.”» —“Beth Ditto Calls Katy Perry “Offensive to Gay Culture”” by...

whafa

whafa  n.—Gloss: A contraction of “what the fuck?” «Because Probst is a publisher and has an Amazon Advantage account, he sent Amazon a letter saying “whafa.”» —“Amazon is a Gay-Hating Company for...

cougay

cougay  n.— «The SNL skit below coined the word cougay to refer to an older gay man chasing younger gay men.…Another reason why I posted this blog about cougay (aka chicken hawk) is to beg the question “Am I a cougay?” I...

ticktock

ticktock  n.— «As to whether he backed Mr. Geithner’s decision to introduce the bank bailout plan before arriving at specifics, Mr. Summers, well schooled in Washington’s ways, invoked newspaper slang for behind-the-scenes...