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A secret language of Kinks and Queens

Gayle is an argot from gay communities in South Africa.

Entrance to Beaulah Bar in Cape Town, South Africa. “Beaulah” means “beautiful” in Gayle. By HelenOnline — published June 21st, 2014, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:De_Waterkant_10.jpg.

Gayle, the language of kinks and queens, as Ken Cage has dubbed it, is an argot used in South Africa by white and coloured gay men. Argots, secret languages invented so that outsiders cannot understand, can also be used in the context of an “anti-language” — a term created by Michael Halliday in 1978. An…

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Kristen Tcherneshoff

Kristen Tcherneshoff

Learning as much as I can as I go along. @wikitongues Program Director. she/her.