Word of the Gay

*Straight talk on Gay language, one word at-a-time.

#4 “fierce”

Catch-phrases come and go in the gay community, but some truly stand the test of time. They’re “fierce!” The term “fierce” came into wide popularity among gay men in the ball culture scene of New York City during the late 1980s, and has since crossed-over into mainstream culture to become one of the widest-used adjectives we queens utter today.

In fact, you might have seen a recent episode of Project Runway Season 4, where one of the show’s finalists, Christian Siriano, said “fierce” at least twenty times in the course of one 42-minute episode. But the term is no longer used explicitly by gay men. Yours truly has heard more than a few straight women, and even straight men and lesbians, describe something as “fierce” on the streets of New York City.

– adjective
1. A term that gay men use to describe absolutely everything that is of “exceptional quality.”
2. A term used to describe objects, people, or instances that are outlandish and cannot be handled with subtlety; often with great or animated emphasis.
3. A term coined by African-American gay men to describe things are extraordinary, in either a positive or negative way.

-verb
1. The act of being bold, displaying confidence, creativity or self-reliance. Relates directly to fashion, clothes, hair or makeup.

Example 1
Person 1: “How was the party girl?” / Person 2: “Girl, it was FIERCE!”

Example 2
Person 1: “Did you see Wanda’s shoes girl?!” / Person 2: “Yeah girl, those platforms were FIERCE!”

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7 Comments»

  yo wrote @

Fierce oh yea

  Ms Naughty wrote @

Mnh-hnhmmm

  bromomo wrote @

I thank you for this very much! I was writing a column on the word “Fierce” and this has immensely helped me! 🙂 Thank you very much, and I will read more of your blog! I find it awesome! 😀

  joshiku wrote @

I’m so glad that you enjoyed it and found it helpful, continue reading and spread the word! Thanks, -Joshiku

  Maria Bonde wrote @

“Fierce” is said in the Sally Field movie “Hello, My name is Doris”.
So much better than hearing “awesome” for the zillionth time.
Actually a non-violent movie that is FIERCE!

  Jim wrote @

Gay.

  joshiku wrote @

no shit.


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