When Did Everyone Start "Throwing Shade"?

“No T, no shade,” but gay slang has been mighty trendy as of late. posted on

As far as Google trends go, “fierce” jumped the shark four years ago but thanks — at least in part to the breakout success of RuPaul’s Drag Race — words once unique to gays-in-the-know have taken over the internet. Even Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, has tweeted about throwing shade! Here’s a look at just how ubiquitous drag-speak has become.

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@RosieGray" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/RosieGray">@RosieGray that's some pretty good shade, as @theferocity" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/theferocity">@theferocity likes to say

Robin Williams throws Twitter shade at Kim Kardashian, compares her to Mrs. Doubtfire gaw.kr/DkZf6z2" target="_blank">http://t.co/EGpsHuKoUt">gaw.kr/DkZf6z2

Cher, you know I- sorry, your mom's calling RT @Cher Mom just said "Thrilling Babe,But ELLEN'S on,GOTTA GO"did she just throw shade?

I will throw no shade on Jolie.I have a number of relatives who died from Breast cancer, I just want the story out there. Let's face it

Sometimes you just gotta fight for your right...to TWERK. cosm.ag/6019XLrN" target="_blank">http://t.co/w0wDHvUUAd">cosm.ag/6019XLrN

Yesterday doesn't exist, tomorrow never comes. There is only today... so twerk!

Oh gurl, Imma have to call you back kotaku.com/5991900/awesom…" target="_blank">http://t.co/jI5yRqgLmm">kotaku.com/5991900/awesom…

Oh gurl, this is gunna be SO EDGY!! Not. Expect loads of #gold" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23gold">#gold at the Vatican art show! huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/14/vat…" target="_blank">http://t.co/abVGO9Ia7H">huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/14/vat…

@palettedecor" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/palettedecor">@palettedecor oh gurl. the pose, the 12 yr. old Testino, the wrap. you got it GOIN ON. http://twitpic.com/4svaal #winning" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23winning">#winning

Jennifer looks amazing, this is the best I've seen her in years. that curly weave with the bang is LAID, hunty.

Ok, this episode is much better. Angel Tess is reading these rednecks FOR FILTH! YES, HUNTY! #touchedByAnAngel" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23touchedByAnAngel">#touchedByAnAngel

HUNTY when she was in her prime NO ONE could touch her! Jennifer Lopez - Get Right: youtu.be/1WIsnC-h1d0" target="_blank">http://t.co/1aZfZBbL">youtu.be/1WIsnC-h1d0 via @youtube

@Adam_Barta" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/Adam_Barta">@Adam_Barta Werk, hunty! We should just get you in drag!

Work it, judges! "Werk" it! #idol" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23idol">#idol

Werk it Queen Bey. #nikkiandsaralive" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23nikkiandsaralive">#nikkiandsaralive

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