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The Queen's Vernacular. A Gay Lexicon. - Bruce Rodgers

The Queen's Vernacular. A Gay Lexicon.
First edition. 8vo. 265pp in purple printed wrappers. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, 1972.
Pages at the centre slightly loose. A very good copy.

The ultimate dictionary of queer slang complied by Bruce Rodgers over a period of twelve years. The collection process involved 'interviews with hundreds of informants sought out in bars, steam baths, dance halls, public johns and on street corners'. The result is an overwhelming volume of over 12,000 terms together with their etymologies, derivations and even phrases located 'precisely according to region and time spoken'. For example : "advance a storm (kwn SF, black gay sl, 70) to work up a sweat from dancing or other forms of exertion. 'I'm advancing a small storm, girl; this funky pigeon is too much!'"

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