Wiki wrote:Polari (or alternatively Palare, from Italian parlare, "to talk") was a form of cant slang used in the gay subculture in Britain.
...The almost identical Parlyaree has been spoken in fairgrounds since at least the 17th century (according to Partridge's Dictionary of Slang) and continues to be used by show travellers in England and Scotland
crusty_bint wrote:Parlyaree puts a whole new slant on the old "Plarlyama Glasgow" sketch and the subtlety of its comedy... phonetically at least.. for me...
crusty_bint wrote:Reading through the wiki, particularly at the glossary, does make you wonder how much of Polari has filtered through into our common parlance or even if it was the other way round?
elgee wrote:Does any one know the origin of Ya Bas or Ya Bass. What does it really mean? I for some reason believed it to be Portugese for Okay or something similiar, dont ask me why because I dont know. I have been told that is nonsense and it is just an abbreviation for You B.stard. It was often seen sprayed on walls usually preceded by someones or a gang name in the seventies.
crusty_bint wrote:I wonder how many folk outside the gay community at the time of the sketch would have known of Polari? HH?
JayKay wrote:First came across Polari due to Morrissey. D'you think he's...
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