Have you noticed how this show gets under
your skin Have you ever told someone “Hey, this reminds me of
QaF, when…” and been disappointed to realize that this person,
who doesn’t know what QaF is, (yes, some still don’t!) looks
at you as if you are crazy? In the same way, our vocabulary
evolves and includes now a few “Queer as Folkist” words. The
show's characters inspire us with a new way of talking. Here
are a few examples illustrating this phenomenon.
Characters names can be used to call someone
who behave like them:
Debbie: used to describe someone with a big
Lindsay: used to describe someone nice but
Melanie: used to describe someone brutally
Ted: used to describe:
greatly lacking in confidence.
Michael: used to describe:
who whines a lot.
Emmett: used to describe someone flamboyant,
Justin: used to describe:
Brian: used to describe (depending of your
sexiest guy on Earth.
These names can also be declined in adjectives.
The basic rule states that you shall add –ish to the name to
obtain a negative connotation while adding –esque results in
an adjective with a positive connotation. However, you are allowed
to adapt those suffixes to the name you’re using.
Thus, the word “Brianish” will refer to a
bad and obvious action (mostly like something Brian could have
done during season 1 or 2) while “Brianesque” will refer to
a discreet good action (like something Brian could have done
during late season 3 or season 4).
You may choose whatever name you want to
make an adjective, although some are more likely to be used
than others. For instance, the word “Teddish” is a lot more
common than its opposite “Teddiesque”.
For your convenience, some verbs have also
To Brian is a synonym of “to fuck”. You
may use it in any way you want.
Ex: I Brianed all night long / I’ve been
Brianed last night.
In the same way, to Justin someone will mean
teasing someone and to Michael someone will mean annoying someone.
Because the characters are forever changing,
the use of some words might be ambiguous. You may then clarify
the situation by adding the number of the season. So “Being
such a Brian in season 1” will refer to a Brianish action, while
“Being such a Brian in season 4” will refer to a Brianesque
action. If the number of the season is not enough, you may use
an episode number or even a scene as a reference. However, this
technique is only recommended when you are talking to a QaF
expert. Also make sure to use these words sparingly. Too much
QaFist words may complicate your discussion.
Here is an example of what you shouldn’t
Last night, I met this Brian from season
1. He Brianed me all night long and then kicked me out like
I’m some Justin in 102. I felt so Teddish that I called my Michael
and told him the whole story. He said Melanishly that he was
tired of me, Michaeling all the time and that I was too much
like Lindsay. He also said that if I wanted to find a Brianesque
guy, I should stop acting like a Justin in Babylon. I felt even
more Teddish so I ended up like Michael in the end of episode
Now here's what you should do instead:
Last night, I met this asshole. He fucked
me all night long and then kicked me out like nothing happened.
I felt so depressed that I called my best friend and told him
the whole story. He brutally told me that he was tired of me
whining all the time and complained that I was uptight.
He also said that if I wanted to find a nice guy, I should stop
acting like some twink in a club. I felt even more depressed
so I ended up watching a porn movie.