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January 16, 2003

Slang of the Week: drag (noun)
Clothes of the opposite sex (usually women's clothes worn by men)

Mark was never able to think of his boss in quite the same way after seeing him in drag.

Celebrity quote:
"I'd come out in full drag and the crew would say, 'Wow, Matt, you're really ugly.'"
Matt LeBlanc, talking about his role as a cross-dressing spy in All the Queen's Men

Sometimes, gay men who like to dress as women are called drag queens. This term is not generally used for straight (heterosexual) men who like to wear women's clothing (yes, they exist!) That expression comes from drag plus queen, which is a derogatory term for a very feminine gay man. Although you don't see them as often, lesbian women sometimes dress as men to become drag kings. Unlike queen, the word king does not have a negative meaning by itself and is not used to describe lesbians except with drag.

As an interesting aside, country singer Dolly Parton once said, "It's a good thing I'm a real woman, because if I wasn't I'd have to be a big ol' drag queen." Famous drag queen RuPaul agrees, "I am very similar to Dolly Parton. Dolly Parton is a drag queen. Madonna is a drag queen. Being a drag queen has nothing to do with being male or female. I mean, Prince is in drag. Hello! Elvis is a drag queen." Neither Madonna nor Prince could be reached for comment.

What's new at Slang City?
We've added two new pages to our MOVIE QUOTES - Ocean's Eleven and Vanilla Sky. Both films make references to old classic movies. Take a look!