19 Words That Mean Something Completely Different When You’re A Gay Man

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1. “Work”

What it usually means: Mental or physical activity as a means of earning income; employment.

What it means to gay men: A congratulatory declaration of support, praise or approval usually yelled with passion. Made popular by RuPaul; appropriated into pop culture by gay icon Britney Spears.

2. “High School”

What it usually means: A school that typically comprises grades 9 through 12, attended after primary school or middle school.

What it means to gay men: Four long years of trying to enjoy making out with girls.

3. “Girlfriend”

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What it usually means: A regular female companion with whom a person has a romantic or sexual relationship.

What it means to gay men: Any of your female BFFs who ignorantly call you their “GBF” and/or constantly ask you to go shopping with them.

4. “Sunday”

What it usually means: The day of the week before Monday, often observed as a day of rest and religious worship.

What it means to gay men: The funday of the week before Monday, often observed as the last day of the week to work before your actual work week starts.

5. “Top”

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What it usually means: The highest or uppermost point, part, or surface of something.

What it means to gay men: The man who gives during intercourse as opposed to receiving. *Passes the lube*

6. “Bottom”

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What it usually means: The lowest point or part of something.

What it means to gay men: The brave man who receives during intercourse as opposed to giving. POWER BOTTOMS UNITE!

7. “Flip-Flop”

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What it usually means: A light sandal, typically of plastic or rubber, with a thong between the big and second toe.

What it means to gay men: The act of switching between topping and bottoming during intercourse. Cheers to being versatile!

8. “Slay”

What it usually means: To kill something in a violent way.

What it means to gay men: To completely dominate something in an epic fashion leaving the people around you utterly flabbergasted and unworthy of your presence.

9. “Woof”

What it usually means: The barking sound made by a dog.

What it means to gay men: A term of endearment used in the gay community to describe someone who is hot, sexy, or fine. Like an excited puppy when he sees his master.

10. “Queen”

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What it usually means: The female ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth.

What it means to gay men: A flamboyant and sassy gay man. Always FABULOUS.

11. “Bear”

What it usually means: A large, heavy, mammal that walks on the soles of its feet, with thick fur and a very short tail.

What it means to gay men: A classification of a hairy gay man who has a large body type. Like if John Goodman was gay, he’d totally be a bear.

12. “Twinkie/Twink”

What it usually means: A small finger-shaped sponge cake with a white synthetic cream filling.

What it means to gay men: An attractive, boyish-looking, young gay man. Usually found hairless in the wild by means of shaving and/or using Nair all over the body.

13. “Daddy”

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What it usually means: One’s father or the oldest, best, or biggest example of something.

What it means to gay men: A typically older, financially established gay man (usually whom you’d like to be sexually involved with). Exhibit Gay: Andy Cohen.

14. “Beard”

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What it usually means: A growth of hair on the chin and lower cheeks of a man’s face.

What it means to gay men: A woman used as a cover to hide a closeted man’s homosexuality.

15. “Shade”

What it usually means: A spot of darkness and coolness caused by shelter from direct sunlight.

What it means to gay men: To insult or give attitude towards someone in a confident manner. Usually thrown.

16. “Scruff”

What it usually means: Adjective used to describe the facial hair stubble on a man’s face.

What it means to gay men: A gay social networking app to meet other gay men when Grindr just isn’t working out anymore. *Unlocks pictures*

17. “Family”

What it usually means: A group of people who are related to each other.

What it means to gay men: Terminology used to refer to anyone else who is also gay. Much like Olive Garden, “When you’re queer, you’re family.”

18. “Bye”

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What it usually means: A term used when parting from someone or used at the end of a conversation.

What it means to gay men: A term used prior to walking away from a conversation in an agressive manner when you literally just can’t anymore.

19. “Out”

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What it usually means: Not at home or at one’s place of work.

What it means to gay men: Having your sexuality finally known to everyone in your life, giving you the freedom to finally become true to yourself.

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