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Artists save historic gay slang with an app


Two British artists are trying to save an old slang language, Polari, most commonly associated with the gay scene from extinction.

Jez Dolan and Joe Richardson are using many creative strands to revitalise the language that is believed to have started in the 18th century, that includes Italian, Romany and street slang used by thieves, sailors and others.

It was a secret language for many years, beginning to die out in the 1960s but is now seen as an important part of gay culture.

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