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Gay Code Language Going Extinct

December 10th, 2010 Tricia Manzanero
Morrissey. Image via Google.

Polari, a code language used by the U.K.’s gay community until the 1970s, may soon be extinct according to researchers at the University of Cambridge. The endangered dialect boasts disputed origins that could date back as far as the 16th century. Polari has been referenced in the title of the 1990 Morrissey album, Bona Drag, in a track called “Piccadilly Palare.” Besides Polari, the Press Association reported that “of the 3,524 languages named in the database, around 150 are in an extremely critical condition with some retaining only a handful of known speakers.” Now, those involved in the Cambridge project hope to gain more information about these languages and find associated folklore, stories, and myths [Advocate.com].

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