Aug 10, 200608:00 AMThe Life
Polari, the anti-language
Aug 10, 2006 - 08:00 AMWho used Polari? "Mainly gay men, although also lesbians, female impersonators, theatre people, prostitutes and sea-queens (gay men in the merchant navy). It was not limited to gay men, however. Straight people who were connected to the theatre also used it, and there are numerous cases of gay men teaching it to their straight friends."
For me, the most interesting example was this King James Bible produced by the Manchester (UK) house of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence:
1 In the beginning Gloria created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was nanti form, and void; and munge was upon the eke of the deep. And the nanti lucoddy of Gloria trolled upon the eke of the aquas.
3 And Gloria cackled, Let there be sparkle: and there was sparkle.