My best friend Tyler is a doctor of clinical psychiatry who recently put his brainpower to work in an email thread introducing a friend to a dictionary of RuPaul’s Drag Race terms. In honor of the upcoming Season 6, I’ve pasted it with minimal edits below.
“Dearest ladies and lady-boys venturing into RuPaul’s Drag Race:
To minimize the jarring nature of your transition to euphoria, I’ve crafted a little insider’s guide to all things drag, particularly the nuanced lexicon in use by these world-class enterTAINTers.
Dictionary (the library is OPEN):
Fishy: generally used to refer to a queen who seems “real,” in terms of femininity. Sometimes, this is used in a derogatory fashion (i.e., “She may be fishy, but she’s not that talented”). It is also possible to “serve fish,” meaning you’re going for a particularly “girly” look.
Ki-Ki: the process of gossiping with another queen. You may often hear reference to a “Ki-Ki session.” (more…)