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When Did Everyone Start "Throwing Shade"?

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

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.

3. Throw Shade

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Ben Smith

@BuzzFeedBen

@RosieGray that’s some pretty good shade, as @theferocity likes to say


Gawker

@Gawker

Robin Williams throws Twitter shade at Kim Kardashian, compares her to Mrs. Doubtfire http://t.co/EGpsHuKoUt

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?

— TheEllenShow (@Ellen DeGeneres)

Ellen DeGeneres

@TheEllenShow

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

— AntheaButler (@ProfB)

ProfB

@AntheaButler

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. http://t.co/w0wDHvUUAd

— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan)

Cosmopolitan

@Cosmopolitan

Sometimes you just gotta fight for your right…to TWERK. http://t.co/w0wDHvUUAd

Introducing my co-workers to the concept of a "twerk team"

— marksluckie (@Mark S. Luckie)

Mark S. Luckie

@marksluckie

Introducing my co-workers to the concept of a “twerk team”

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

— RuPaul (@RuPaul)

RuPaul

@RuPaul

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

will twerk for a cheesy gordita crunch from taco bell.

— aguywithnolife (@Elijah Daniel)

Elijah Daniel

@aguywithnolife

will twerk for a cheesy gordita crunch from taco bell.

Oh gurl, Imma have to call you back http://t.co/jI5yRqgLmm

— BryanRenno (@Ryan Benno)

Ryan Benno

@BryanRenno

Oh gurl, Imma have to call you back http://t.co/jI5yRqgLmm

Oh gurl, this is gunna be SO EDGY!! Not. Expect loads of #gold at the Vatican art show! http://t.co/abVGO9Ia7H…

— Pyragraph (@Pyragraph Magazine)

Pyragraph Magazine

@Pyragraph

Oh gurl, this is gunna be SO EDGY!! Not. Expect loads of #gold at the Vatican art show!
http://t.co/abVGO9Ia7H…

@palettedecor oh gurl. the pose, the 12 yr. old Testino, the wrap. you got it GOIN ON. http://twitpic.com/4svaal #winning

— EBONYMag (@EBONY)

EBONY

@EBONYMag

@palettedecor oh gurl. the pose, the 12 yr. old Testino, the wrap. you got it GOIN ON. http://twitpic.com/4svaal #winning

Candice betta win hunty.

— INSPIRED_by_NIC (@Woodrow Wilson)

Woodrow Wilson

@INSPIRED_by_NIC

Candice betta win hunty.

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

— BOSSEDUPKEN (@Nico.)

Nico.

@BOSSEDUPKEN

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

— benrichmusic (@Ben Shallenberger)

Ben Shallenberger

@benrichmusic

Ok, this episode is much better. Angel Tess is reading these rednecks FOR FILTH! YES, HUNTY! #touchedByAnAngel

HUNTY when she was in her prime NO ONE could touch her! Jennifer Lopez - Get Right: http://t.co/1aZfZBbL via @youtube

— bevysmith (@bevysmith)

bevysmith

@bevysmith

HUNTY when she was in her prime NO ONE could touch her! Jennifer Lopez - Get Right: http://t.co/1aZfZBbL via @youtube

@Adam_Barta Werk, hunty! We should just get you in drag!

— SJRaphael (@Sally Jessy Raphael)

Sally Jessy Raphael

@SJRaphael

@Adam_Barta Werk, hunty! We should just get you in drag!

Work it, judges! "Werk" it! #idol

— AmericanIdol (@American Idol)

American Idol

@AmericanIdol

Work it, judges! “Werk” it! #idol

Werk it Queen Bey. #nikkiandsaralive

— MTV (@MTV)

MTV

@MTV

Werk it Queen Bey. #nikkiandsaralive

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Saeed Jones is the literary editor for BuzzFeed and the author of the poetry collection Prelude to Bruise, and is based in New York.
Contact Saeed Jones at saeed.jones@buzzfeed.com
 
 
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