Gay Lingo

Topics: Philippines, Word, Filipino language Pages: 3 (935 words) Published: March 11, 2011
If you don’t understand the phrase “pasok sa banga" (rough English translation: fits inside the jar), maybe you are not gay or a fag hag (a woman who likes to act gay or hang out with screaming gays). If you are gay, maybe you’re not gay enough.

“Pasok sa Banga (Wika ng mga Bakla)" by Prof. Jesus Federico Fernandez, former chair of the Department of Linguistics of the University of the Philippines, was one of the lectures presented at the Sawikaan 2010 in UP Diliman last July 29-30.

“Pasok sa banga" means “swak," or something that’s in or acceptable. For example, when someone says your idea is “pasok sa banga," it mean your idea is correct or appropriate to the topic under consideration. Thanks to Prof. Fernandez, a new phrase was added to my vocabulary that day. That’s “bekimon" for you.

Bekimon comes from two words: “becky or beki," gay speak for “bakla" or young gays, and “jejemon," which refers to the strange text and Internet language that has gained widespread usage among netizens and mobile phone users in the Philippines. It is the new term for gay lingo or gay speak, the beautiful and confusing (to those who are uninitiated) and very gay (in the old sense of the word) languages of the bakla, the agí, and the bayot of this fabulous, fabulous Philippine archipelago.

In his lecture, Prof. Fernandez discussed the nine ways of forming bekimon words. Yes, nine. As in “a gay cat has nine lives," like so:

1. “Paglalapi" or using suffixes that do not have a grammatical function. One example is the word “ano," which is transformed into “anek" and “anekwabum." In the title of this piece, “ano ito" mutated into “anitch ititch."

2. “Pagpalit ng tunog" or changing the sound of words. Thus, the word “asawa" becomes “jowa," “kyowa," and “nyowa." Or “nakakaloka" becomes “nakakalerki."

3. Using acronyms. “GL" stands for “ganda lang," which means you got something for free because of your beauty or looks. Another example is “OPM" for “oh...
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