You have probably encountered documents that use masculine nouns and pronouns to refer to subject s whose gender is unclear or variable, or to groups that contain people who are not actually men. For example, the U. English has changed since the Declaration of Independence was written. These words are easy to spot and replace with more neutral language, even in contexts where many readers strongly expect the gendered noun. Check a thesaurus for alternatives to gendered nouns not included in this list. Sometimes writers modify nouns that refer to jobs or positions to indicate the sex of the person holding that position.
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Polari also spelt Palarie, Parlary, Palare and various other ways is a form of language that is most commonly associated with gay men and to a lesser extent lesbians , used in the first two-thirds of the 20th century in British cities that had large and mainly underground gay subcultures. The language was particularly well known in London and was associated with chorus boys who danced and sang in West End productions, and male prostitutes who drank endless cups of tea in seedy cafes hanging out around Piccadilly "the dilly" looking for "steamers" clients. Chaps who joined the merchant navy after the second world war looking for a glamorous life of travel to exotic lands while working as dining staff or stewards also used Polari, adopting new words from languages encountered around the globe. These were not the butch sailors of Jean Genet — instead they were the outrageous precursors to today's camp flight attendants. The most elegant of these sea-queens would host fabulous soirees in their cabins, complete with printed invitations, vodka martinis, Alma Cogan records and costumes that would have made Shirley Bassey weep with jealousy.
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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.