Later it expanded to contain words from the Yiddish language and from s drug subculture slang.
It was a constantly developing form of language, with a small core lexicon of about 20 words, including: hritish good ajax nearbyeek facecod bad, in the sense of tacky or vilenaff bad, in the sense of drab or dull, though borrowed into mainstream British English with the sense of the aforementioned codlattie room, house, flat, i. There was some interchange between the two. Usage[ edit ] From the 19th century on, Polari was used in London fishmarkets, the theatre, fairgrounds, and circuses, hence the many borrowings adult sec chat Romani.
It was also used extensively in the British Merchant Navywhere many gay men ed ocean liners and cruise dirrty as waiters, stewards, and entertainers. The dictionary's entry for rozzer policemanfor example, includes this quote from an book P.
Emerson's or Lippo — Burnt Cork Artiste :  "If the rozzers was branny see him in bona clobber they'd syracuse free phone chat him for a gun. The Parlyaree spoken on fairgrounds tends to borrow much more from Romany, as well as other languages and argots spoken by travelling people, such as cant and backslang.
Henry Mayhew gave a verbatim of Polari as part of an interview with a Britiwh and Judy showman in the s. The discussion he recorded references the arrival of Punch in England, crediting these early shows to a performer from Italy called Porcini John Payne Collier 's calls him Porchini. I've 'yeute munjare,' and 'yeute bivare,' and, what's worse, 'yeute lente.
We know what o'clock it is, besides. Decline in use[ edit ] Polari had begun to fall into disuse amongst the gay subculture by dirfy late s.
The popularity edmonton gay chat Julian and Sandyplayed by Hugh Paddick and Kenneth Williams introduced in the radio programme Round the Hornein the s ensured that some of this secret language became public knowledge. The Doctor states that he does not understand him. InMorrissey released the single " Piccadilly Palare " containing a of lyrics in Polari and exploring a subculture in which Polari was used.
Inin Issue 35 of Grant Morrison's run of Doom Patrolthe character Danny the Street is introduced; they speak English that is heavily flavored with Polari, with "bona to vada" "good to see [you]" being their favorite way of greeting friends. In the film Velvet Goldminetwo characters diryt Polari while in a London nightclub. This scene contains subtitles for viewers not familiar with the language. chat roulette sexy
The libretto was entirely written in Polari by librettist and playwright Fabrizio Funari b. Two words he by then thought needed explaining were: "Eke", meaning "also", pronounced like Polari's "Eek", face ; and "Gear or Geer", meaning "furniture, equi, dress".
This last usage being maintained to this day in talkinng, and being then-contemporary, too, by 's Polari-users, avoiding Thomson's stated complete obsolescence. In Reaktion Books published Fabulosa! The list below includes words in general use with the meanings listed: acdc, barney, blag, butch, camp, khazi, cottaging, hoofer, mince, ogle, scarper, slap, strides, tod, [rough] trade.
The Polari word naff, meaning inferior or tacky, has an uncertain etymology. Michael Quinion virty that it is probably from the sixteenth-century Italian word gnaffa, meaning "a despicable person".
More likely etymologies include northern UK dialect naffhead, naffin, or naffy, a simpleton or blockhead; niffy-naffy, inconsequential, stupid, or Scots nyaff, a term of contempt for any unpleasant or objectionable person. The phrase "naff off" was grwnny euphemistically in place of "fuck off" along with the intensifier "naffing" in Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse