All The Drag Queen Terminology You've Always Been Curious About

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Vote up the words that are the most unique to the drag queen culture and what you believe TRUE fans should be familiar with.

Your first episode of Rupaul's Drag Race can be a little bit intimidating. It's OK - there's a lot going on, especially when it comes to the drag queen lingo. It's tough to keep 14 queens straight, let alone their boy counterparts, who look nothing like the dolled-up, glammed-out beauties that sissy that walk down the runway.

But the hardest part about keeping up as a newbie has to be all of the drag queen terminology -especially since most words already have common meanings in English, like booger, cakes, clock, fishy, flipper, and peanut butter. Unless you're up on all of your drag queen jargon, it can sort of feel like everyone on the show had a stroke and are just babbling nonsense. Thank God for Rupaul's Drag Queen Dictionary; otherwise, newcomers would be absolutely lost with all of the drag-speak that goes on.

Check out this list of drag queen vocabulary that will put even a true fan's Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent to the test. How many drag terms do you think you can get? Don't f*ck it up!

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  • Shade
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    863 VOTES


    A term used to describe an insult - typically in the form of blunt criticism - and often used to point out someone’s flaws or faults.

    Also used as: Throwing Shade - The act of insulting and criticizing. 

    863 votes
  • Read
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    791 VOTES


    A term used to describe the process of calling out someone's flaws, similar to "roasting." The insults are often exaggerated and elaborated on.

    Derived from "read someone like a book." Why? Because reading is fundamental!

    791 votes
  • Sickening
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    719 VOTES


    To be so attractive it makes others sick. Often used to describe RuPaul.

    719 votes
  • T (Tee / Tea)
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    670 VOTES

    T (Tee / Tea)

    Used in many forms, T is short for truth, and sometimes spelled as Tee or Tea. 

    Also used as: All Tea, All Shade - A phrase used to infer that the your remarks should be taken as condescending. (Coined by Coco Montrese, Season 5).

    Also used as: No Tea, No Shade - A phrase similar to "No disrespect.”

    670 votes
  • Glamazon
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    550 VOTES


    A term used to describe a tall, glamorous, and assertively self-confident woman. Also a reference to RuPaul's song of the same name.

    550 votes
  • Sissy That Walk
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    568 VOTES

    Sissy That Walk

    What RuPaul says to queens with a masculine walk, suggesting that they walk in a more feminine manner. 

    568 votes