RuPaul’s Drag-ionary

Do the terms, shade, executive realness, tucking and hunty leave you scratching your head?

These witty and evocative terms are part of everyday drag-vernacular and, thanks to Paris Is Burning and RuPaul, have managed to penetrate the mainstream.

Here we break down the dragcabulary so you can start werking it into your everyday lingo.

And remember ladies, don’t f**k it up!



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CONDRAGULATIONS

Exclamation:
Praise or commendation directed towards a drag queen.


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CHARISMA, UNIQUENESS, NERVE AND TALENT:

Noun:
The skill combo RuPaul looks for in the next drag superstar.


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DRAGULATION

Noun:
The process of transforming into drag.


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Dragulate yourself here.

ELEGANZA EXTRAVAGANZA

Noun:
General over-the-top fabulousness and fierceness.


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FISHY
Adjective:
To have a very feminine and convincing drag look (aka female realness.)

HUNTY

Noun:
A term used to soften criticism; hunty is a cross between c**t and honey.


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INTERIOR ILLUSIONS LOUNGE

Noun:
The back stage area where contestants can untuck and unwind.

KIKI

Noun:
A girly, gossip session.

LIP-SYNC FOR YOUR LIFE

Exclamation:
A last-ditch effort to impress RuPaul and avoid elimination.

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NO T, NO SHADE:
Exclamation:
With T referring to the truth, this term is used to mean “no disrespect.” (See Shade below)


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REALNESS

Noun:
To nail a particular look or act. Ie. Executive realness, country realness, Meryl Steep realness.


(Via) Season two's Raven sporting some fierce executive realness.

SICKENING
Adjective:
When someone looks so damn fabulous it makes you feel sick.

SHADE

Noun:
A sassy, discreet insult.

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SHANTÉ, YOU STAY

Exclamation:
A catch phrase used by RuPaul, meaning, “you’re still in the race.”


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SASHAY AWAY

Exclamation:
Antonym to “Shante, You Stay”; meaning you’re eliminated from the race.


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TUCK

Verb:
To hide one’s penis and testicles to create the illusion of female genitalia. A tuck is often held by duct tape or tight underwear.



WORK/WERQ/WERK
Verb: To put in effort to impress and achieve results.



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So, we know RuPaul can werk, but can she twerk?


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Who will be the next drag superstar? Find out in the season one finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Saturday Oct 19 at 8:35pm on SBS2.

The extravaganza continues with season two, starting Saturday November 2
at 8:45pm on SBS2.

Catch-up episodes NOW via SBS OnDemand.




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