REVIEW: The Queens English by Chloe O. Davis

August 14, 2021

The Queens English

Chloe O. Davis

This is very well researched guide to the LGBTQIA+ community’s contributions to the English language-an intersectional, inclusive illustrated glossary featuring more than 800 terms created by and for queer culture. It’s a fun, engaging and comprehensive guide to modern gay slang, queer theory terms, and playful colloquialisms that define and celebrate. This modern dictionary provides an in-depth look at queer language, including terms influenced by poet Sappho, leather scenes, New York’s underground queer ball culture & up to date lexicography from RuPaul’s Drag Race.  It’s designed with a breath-taking collection of icon and colours that makes the book a real pleasure to use and incudes historical insights into the construction and influences that shaped queer language; including the linguistic importance of pronouns, gender identity, Stonewall, and more.

Every time I opened the book I learned something new, enjoying turning the pages of this celebration of queer history, identity, and the limitless imagination of the LGBTQIA+ community. Editor Chloe O. Davis is to be commended for this stylish and informative addition to exploring modern Queer languages, how they get used, and where they come from. There is an equally informative, fun and engaging website to chart the containing development of Queers Tounge.

Out now £14.99  Hardback

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