Do you know what Polari is?
Polari was a form of slang in Britain used by actors, showmen, merchant navy sailors, sex workers was adopted by gay subculture.
It’s been around since at least the 19th century – some have found its origins as far back as the 16th century.
It’s had its ups and down, but it’s a rather Fantabulosa way of expressing yourself.
So we’ve dragged out our Polari dictionary to rediscover 14 words we need to start using again…
Aunt Nell danglers.
Earrings think subtle…
The trouser bulge
HP (homy polone).
Effeminate gay man
Awful, dull, hetero
Homosexual… Is he so?
Bottom to bottom – sex between two passive guys
Sex- or a potential sexual partner.
Zhoosh / Tzsju.
Tart up your hair