cerkalo
» » Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang

Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang download ebook

by Paul Baker

Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang download ebook
ISBN:
0826473431
ISBN13:
978-0826473431
Author:
Paul Baker
Publisher:
Continuum; Reprint edition (May 25, 2004)
Language:
Pages:
254 pages
ePUB:
1287 kb
Fb2:
1375 kb
Other formats:
lit doc mobi rtf
Category:
Social Sciences
Subcategory:
Rating:
4.6

This is a really delicious, utterly absorbing book: as an example of how delicious and absorbing, learn about 'Jelly Bean Augery' by consulting the entry on page 152. Fascinating.

Start by marking Fantabulosa: Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read.

Baker, Paul (2002) Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang. London: Continuum: ISBN 0-8264-5961-7. ISBN 978-1-134-50635-4.

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. If you don't yet kw 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. Product Identifiers.

oceedings{AD, title {Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang}, author {Paul Baker}, year {2002} }. Paul Baker.

From the prisons and music halls of Edwardian England to American GIs, to 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. oceedings{AD, title {Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang}, author {Paul Baker}, year {2002} }.

Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang" by Baker, J. (2002). A Dictionary of Slang" by Eric Partridge, published by Routledge & Kegan Paul Has an entry on Parlyaree, describing its origins. Hello Sailor! Seafaring Life for Gay Men 1945-1990. by Baker, J. P. and Stanley, . Broadcasting it : an encyclopaedia of homosexuality in film, radio and TV in the UK, 1923-1993" by Keith Howes (Cassell lesbian and gay studies 1993, ISBN 0 304 32702 6).

Compare similar products. People who bought this also bought. Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang by Paul Baker (Paperback, 2004). Current slide {CURRENT SLIDE} of {TOTAL SLIDES}- People who bought this also bought. Round the Horne: The Complete Julian & Sandy: Classic BBC Radio Comedy by Barry Took, Marty Feldman (CD-Audio, 2016). 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.

LGBT slang or gay slang in linguistics refers to a form of English slang used predominantly among LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) . Fantabulosa, a dictionary of Polari and gay slang. Continuum, 242 pages.

LGBT slang or gay slang in linguistics refers to a form of English slang used predominantly among LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people. Polari was a cant or cryptolect used in the gay subculture in Britain.

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.

Reviews:
  • Nightscar
Author Paul Baker is lecturer in Linguistics and Modern English Language at the University of Lancaster and, beyond professional lexicographical research (he has also written "Polari: the Lost Language of Gay Men" published by Routledge), has compiled the entries in this book through several years of extensive interviews with sailors, carnival roustabouts, hustlers, drag queens, Romani-speaking Gypsies, Irish 'Travellers' and up-and-coming porn stars, among many others.

In essence, Polari is a 'stegiogram' (or stegiograph), a verbal or visual means of communication which, though used openly, is without meaning to all but its initiates, and examples of which would include, for instance, the use of the fish (ICTHUS) symbol amongst the earliest Christians to communicate with others of their kind in the face of possible arrest and punishment, or the use by Freemasons of certain words and gestures covertly conveying their status to knowledgeable observers.

Polari was first publicized outside of the then-insular gay community through the enduringly popular BBC radio comedy series, 'Round the Horne' wherein writers Barry Took and Marty Feldman regularly inserted Polari phrases into the dialogue of their lovably epicene protagonists, Julian and Sandy. Fifty years on, however, Polari is practically unknown to gay folk under a certain age, and even the surviving older speakers have forgotten many of its words. In the UK, Polari has become to queer folk what Latin has become for Catholics: a dead language.

Polari (also spelled Palari and Palare) has links to several older slang vocabularies, including the 'Thieves Cant' dating back to the 17th century, as well as to several languages: English, Italian, Romani, and Yiddish (cf: 'schwartzer' for a black man and 'schnozel' for nose, etc.), and to Shelti Thari (the 'Celtic Tongue') of Ireland's Travellers.

This is a really delicious, utterly absorbing book: as an example of how delicious and absorbing, learn about 'Jelly Bean Augery' by consulting the entry on page 152. Fascinating. You'll have to read through the book (a mere 242 pages) to translate the passage on page 1 however:

"Oh vada well the omee-palone ajax who just rolled in,
her with the cod lally-drags and the naff riah, dear!
She's with the trade your mother charvaed yesterday. Some omees have nanti taste!"

"Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang" is a pleasantly readable lexicon of treasured lore from the recent, but nearly forgotten, gay past. For anyone with an interest in language, or in the rigorously-suppressed queer culture of Britain and (to a lesser extent) the English-speaking commonwealth in the 1950's and early 60's, it is both a joy to read and an indispensable aid in coming to an understanding of what gay historian Patrick Higgins has termed Britain's post-war 'heterosexual dictatorship.'
  • shustrik
If you are a writer of some gay related fiction as I am,. this is a fine resource. If you are just curious or a collector of odd and unusual slang and quirky language, it's a lot of fun as well. It was recommended by another author with my publisher and she was dead on. It is very much fantabulous!
  • krot
The book starts with a sizable entry on Polari and words within it, then the rest is just your basic dictionary of slang words in the LGBT and attached communities (bear, BDSM, L/L, etc). If you're already acclimated to gay culture, it might suit you fine to look at some websites on Polari (if that's what you're looking for) and non-local gay slang. If you're not in the community and writing an LGBT character or something similar, I think this would be a good primer on what kind of culture and language you're looking at.
  • Froststalker
Exactly as advertised
  • Akir
I skipped this when the ISO was pushing it, and then learned about Polari from an article in UTNE magazine. I had to have this for reference for the disappearing language of Polari. As for the other slang, some things are a stretch, but to be complete I guess they have to include every possible term.