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A form of theatrical slang incorporating Italianate words, rhyming slang, and Romany, used especially by homosexuals.
- ‘It is variously called Palare, Palyaree, Palary or Polari from its own word for ‘talk’ or ‘speech’.’
- ‘I was first introduced to the gay slang language of Polari (sometimes spelt Palare) by listening to Beyond Our Ken and Round the Horne in the sixties as a child.’
- ‘Unlike Polari, a large proportion of Gayle is based around ascribing different meanings to women's names.’
- ‘Although similar languages have precedents - eg Lingua Franca, Polari - it wouldn't surprise me if Fo had coined the term ‘Grammelot’.’
- ‘But stick with it and count your blessings: she could have performed her investigative journalism in Polari.’
Mid 19th century: from Italian parlare ‘to speak’.
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