Slang comes and goes all the time, but where does it go when society collectively decides a word is “over?” Hairstyles from the past comes back, music genres long gone make resurgences — there’s no reason language shouldn’t do the same thing.
Here are 10 gay slang words from yesteryear that deserve a second run:
1. Basket shopping (v.) – when cruising or checking someone out, British term refers to examining the object of your affection’s private areas through their clothing. When your friend is glued to Grindr, you can tell him to “quit basket shopping and join the real world.”
2. Beat (adj.) – extremely wonderful or great, “fabulous.” Example: “Did you see her at the club tonight? That look was beat.” Gay slang is always on the cutting edge, and since everyone already thinks “beat” means ugly or terrible, this is the perfect opportunity to confuse people. By the time people catch up, we’ll be on to the next word.
3. Girl scout (n.) – military man on leave, currently seeking sex. What better way than to cut that macho vibe than to call a military man a “girl scout?”
4. Mother Superior (n.) – older and wiser gay male who has been around the block a few times; similar to “auntie,” but more favorable. Ageism in the gay community is awful. Cross-generational friendships can be enlightening for both parties. Maybe this would help spin them a bit more favorably.
5. Lucky Pierre (n.) – the middleman in an Eiffel Tower. I mean, it’s too good to let die.
6. Over the bridge to Pimpleton (n.) – cumbersome term for homosexual sex. This should always be spoken in your best ’50s female movie star voice.
7. Tinkerbelle (n.) – queer man who enjoys being urinated upon. Watersports deserves a cute mascot, don’t you think?
8. Barbarella (n.) – Unrestrained homosexual, uncontrollable desire by a man for sexual intercourse one that needs to have sex all the time. Enough with the slut shaming. You are not a whore, you’re a Barbarella. Much classier!
9. Lounge lizard (n.) – someone who frequents bars, trying to pick up other peoples’ mates. We’ve all experienced them, now we have something to call them.
10. Hetty (n.) – shortened version of the word “heterosexual,” similar to “hetero” or “het.” Straight people don’t get any slang words besides breeder, and that one is played out. Hetty is fun, cute, and not insulting.