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By Joel Garcia

Be ready to “Lip sync for your life!” because here are just a few slang words common in the world of all things drag.

1.     Work / werk / werq: to put in the effort necessary to impress and stun.

“You betta’ work.”- RuPaul

 

2.     Kiki: get-together among close friends, usually for tea-spilling, confessions about one-night stands, or intense discussions regarding the effectiveness of gun control.

“Let’s have a kiki.”

 

3.     Eleganza Extravaganza: Having high amounts of elegance

 

4.     Shade: The casting of aspersions. A form of insult. Bluntly pointing out a person’s flaws or faults.

     “I don’t tell you you’re ugly, but I don’t have to tell you because you know you’re ugly.”   – Dorian Corey

 

5.     Hunty: term of endearment; originates from an inventive pairing of the words honey and a certain c-word.

“Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasss, hunty!”

 

6.     Gag/Gagged: To react intensely, usually as a result of shock; also may be used as an exclamation.

“I was gagging on all the eleganza.”

 

7.     Tea: gossip, news, or information.

“What’s the tea?”

 

8.     Beat: to apply make-up.

“Her face is beat for the gods.”

 

9.     Drag Mother: An experienced drag queen who acts as a mentor and guide to a younger, up and coming, less experienced, or apprentice drag queen.

 

10.  Gurl / Girl: term of endearment; often used as an exclamatory remark.

“Oh, gurl, you’ve got SHEmail!” –RuPaul

 

For more terms that come from the iconic world of drag visit

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