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How Queer as Folk can influence your vocabulary…
by willa

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 mouth.
Lindsay: used to describe someone nice but prudish.
Melanie: used to describe someone brutally honest.
Ted: used to describe:
       - Someone greatly lacking in confidence.
       - Someone pathetic.
Michael: used to describe:
      - Someone’s best friend.
      - Someone who whines a lot.
Emmett: used to describe someone flamboyant, always upbeat.
Justin: used to describe:
      - A twink.
      - A twat.
Brian: used to describe (depending of your tastes)
       - An asshole.
       - The 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 been created.
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 do:
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 101.

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.



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