How to say gay.

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In our Gay Dictionary we have collected precious slang terms from many countries, some offensive and some just curious. Know them, learn their meaning, but remember that these labels they hang us don’t define us, do not define you. These words, insults and labels define just who use and people or ages in which it were originated. Knowing and using these words you can eliminate its negative charge. Already are not their insults are our words.

Topping our dictionary, as could not be otherwise, the word gay. You can also select any language in the side menu to know more words.

Gay (adjective, noun)

Its the most universal and internationally way to appoint homosexual men, that is, men who show inclination towards erotic and emotional relationship with individuals of the same sex. It is an English loan that has its origin in the Provencal word "gai" that means happy and rascal, and related to homosexuality, began to used to appoint male prostitutes. Over time and in response to the term "homosexual", turned into pathology, the word gay was chosen by the LGBT community to refer to themselves, stripped of its negative connotations. Although word gay can be used for homosexual men and women, it is usual to call gay to men and lesbian, to women.


Although the word "gay" is an international term, adjustments have been made into several languages​​, as are the examples of: "gej" (Albanian, Slovak, Polish and Serbian), "ge" (Bengali), "gai" (Spanish, Valencian and Catalan), "gēi-lóu" (Chinese), "ge-i" (Korean), "gei" (Estonian), "hoyw" (Welsh), "gėjus" (Lithuanian), "гей" (Russian) and "ke" (Thai).


Since the appearance of homophobia to the choice of the word "gay" as a positive term in the 20th century, the words used were pejorative expressions can be grouped into the following major groups:

1) Sexual and scatological theme: words like "bæsjdytter" (feces pusher in Norwegian), "fai usi" (ass fucker in Tongan) and "monmon" (who sucks cocks while is been penetrated in Visayan language).

2) About sin and crime: religious terms such as the Spanish "sodomita", "looti" (Lot’s people in Urdu language), "buserant" (bugger in German) and "pederast" (in Albanian).

3) Related to the patriarchal feminization: consists in attributing presumed female characteristics to homosexual men. The word "marieta" (variation of the name Mary in Catalan), "schwul" (which comes from the word schwül that means sweltering heat in German language), the Spanish word "trucha" (meaning trout) and "onee" (which is older sister in Japanese).

4) Euphemisms: with names of animals, as “mariquita” (ladybug in Spanish language) and “veado” (deer in Portuguese); from fruits and plants, as “finocchio” (fennel in Italian language) and "sikiá" (fig tree in Greek); and objects, as the word “okama” (cauldron in Japanese) and “rqendil” (the candle in Bererber language).

5) Crooked: the concept of crooked, devious, spoiled or defective is present in many languages​​, and has a special importance because of its relationship with the term “queer” that was agreed to refer, not rated, any form of sexuality, idea that comes from revolutionary theory, which is known Queer Theory. Addition to the term “queer”, with the same concept, we have the Spanish term “desviado” (deviant), the Arabic term "šāḏ", or the Norwegian "Skeiv".

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