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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The code language gay men used to survive

The code language gay men used to survive
- It means “Good to see your nice face.” Until 1967, homosexual sex was illegal in the UK. To avoid imprisonment, gay men used Polari, a language that the Oxford English Dictionary says is “made up of Italianate phrases, rhyming slang and cant terms.” It had sprung up in the 1700s and 1800s as a secret ...