Xeni Jardin at 8:50 am Thu, Aug 9, 2012
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[Video Link] Joe Sabia, our Boing Boing video on Virgin America collaborator, directed this absolutely fabulous video for Montreal's "Queer of the Year" contest.
If you ever wondered why the word “Queer” is used to describe male homosexuals, here’s the answer.
It is from the French “Cuillère” meaning spoon as in nestling together etc. and is used in french slang.
Queen however is misapplied as “Gouine” is french slang for lesbian.
Do you have a citation for that? I’m not finding any sources online that seem credible that support that etymological origin. I’m seeing dictionary entries for queer coming from the German quer meaning “oblique.”
Uuuuh… I don’t think the idea of “spooning” actually exists in French. And I know quite a bit of French slang.
It’s just “queer” – as in “curved”, and by extention “strange” – as opposed to “straight”. Now whether the etimology for “queer” is “cuiller” (because it has a curved, definitely non-straight shape) is a possibility… But Wiktionary seems to be pretty definitive in giving it a Scots (and therefore Germanic, not Latin) origin.
And I’m not sure what your point is, as far as queen is concerned?
Being gay is no guarantee of being witty, that’s for sure. Nicely shot, tho.
Now mix this up with an old David Letterman prop, “Donnie Most’s Tips For Teens”, and out the other side comes something like “Donnie’s Q-Tips For Most Teen Queefs”.
Oh god, what am I talking about…
While I love the messages, the execution was kind of cheesy. It was almost like watching freshmen theatre majors in a student-directed production of a sophomore’s experimental ‘statement’ play.
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