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List of terms for gay in different languages
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35 French Gay Slang Words You Need to Know
The sense of homosexual first recorded no later than by Cary Grant in the film Bringing Up Baby , and possibly earlier in in the poem "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene" by Gertrude Stein   was shortened from earlier gay cat "homosexual boy" in underworld and prison slang, itself first attested about , but used earlier for a young tramp or hobo attached to an older one. From Pitman kay , which it is derived from graphically, and the sound it represents. The traditional name gee was considered inappropriate, as the Pitman letter never has the sound of that name.
It has been used in various languages since the early 20th century as a means by which members of the LGBT community identify themselves and speak in code with brevity and speed to others. Because of sodomy laws and threat of prosecution due to the criminalization of homosexuality , LGBT slang has served as an argot or cant , a secret language and a way for the LGBT community to communicate with each other publicly without revealing their sexual orientation to others. During the first seven decades of the 20th century, a specific form of Polari was developed by gay men and lesbians in urban centres of the United Kingdom within established LGBT communities. Although there are differences, contemporary British gay slang has adopted many Polari words. Slang is ephemeral.