|Slang City Mail|
|January 15, 2004|
of the Week: faboo (adjective)
The most common slang variation on fabulous is fab, the sixties equivalent of awesome (great). Back in the day when they were singing I Want to Hold Your Hand, the Beatles were known as the Fab Four. But times have changed. Now the Fab Five are the trendy self-improvement experts on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, quoted in last week’s newsletter.
Queer is a derogatory term (noun/adjective) meaning gay, but it is not insulting when used by gay people. Straight, of course, is heterosexual. If you don’t live in the States (or don’t have cable) Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is a reality TV show on which a woman asks five stylish gay men to give her unfashionable boyfriend or husband a makeover and teach him to be romantic. Here's a typical piece of advice from Queer Eye's Carson Kressley on why men should buy expensive beauty products: “Bad credit you can clear up. Bad skin leaves scars.”
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