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    Updated on Aug 21, 2020. Posted on May 17, 2013

    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.

    Throw Shade

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

    Ben Smith

    @BuzzFeedBen

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

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

    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?

    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

    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

    Twerk

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

    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"

    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

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

    will twerk for a cheesy gordita crunch from taco bell.

    Elijah Daniel

    @aguywithnolife

    will twerk for a cheesy gordita crunch from taco bell.

    Gurl

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

    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 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

    EBONY

    @EBONYMag

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

    Hunty

    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.

    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

    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

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

    Werk

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

    Sally Jessy Raphael

    @SJRaphael

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

    American Idol

    @AmericanIdol

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

    Werk it Queen Bey. #nikkiandsaralive

    MTV

    @MTV

    Werk it Queen Bey. #nikkiandsaralive