Speaking RuPaul's Language
All the drag terminology you need to keep up while you're watching RuPaul's Drag Race.
Bar Queen: An insult, implying that a queen doesn’t belong on the world stage, only in small bars.
Beat: When makeup is applied flawlessly. E.g. “her face is beat.”
B.I.T.C.H: Being in total control of herself.
Booger: An unattractive queen - usually because of sloppy hair and makeup, or bad outfit choices.
Busted: Messy or unpolished, a poorly presented person.
Bye Felicia: An interjection, used to interrupt or stop someone else from speaking.
Cakes: A complimentary term for butt cheeks. Serving cake means showing them off. Cheesecake refers to a curvy queen who serves a lot, so to speak.
Campy: Traditional, over-the-top drag.
Chicken cutlets: The padding queens use to bulk out their hips, butts and breasts.
Clock: To call someone out on something they’re trying to hide. E.g. “they clocked him on that chest hair.”
Condragulations: Special form of congratulations.
Drag mother: An experienced queen who takes on a lesser-known, up and coming apprentice.
Dusted: To positively take out the competition. E.g “girl, you dusted the runway.”
Faux queen: A drag queen who was actually born a biological female.
Fishy: When someone is a very convincing/feminine drag queen.
Flipper: False teeth, which queens wear to give an illusion of perfection.
The Five Gs: Good God, get a grip girl!
Ghetto: Something (or someone) considered to be low class or tasteless.
Glamazon: A tall, confident and glamourous woman.
Heather: A particularly fierce drag queen, in reference to the 1980s pop culture movie, Heathers.
Hog Body: A queen without curves, or a particularly manly physique.
KiKi: Gossip (not to be confused with KaiKai, which means having sex in full drag).
Out of the bag: Term used to describe a cheap-looking wig, like one bought from a costume store with no styling.
Party City: Derogatory term for someone’s outfit, implying that it looks like a Halloween costume.
Pit Crew: A group of attractive men who assist RuPaul and the contestants in challenges.
Pussy on Fire: To work hard, or excel at something. To be outstanding.
Read: To expose another queen’s flaws, quite harshly (similar to “reading someone like a book”).
Resting on pretty: When a queen relies on natural looks, not talent or hard work, to get her through the competition (a phrase borrowed from America’s Next Top Model).
Resting on ugly: When a queen uses gimmicks or distractions to get through, rather than skill.
Sashay: A proud yet casual walk, with big hip and shoulder movements. "Sashay away" is what is said to contestants when they have to leave the competition.
Shade: an insult or criticism, usually a rather blunt one, which unapologetically points out someone’s flaw. Also described as throwing shade.
Shantay, you stay: The phrase uttered to the Bottom 2 contestant who is safe for another week. It’s a reference to RuPaul’s song Supermodel.
She-mail: A video clue from RuPaul, hinting at the main Drag Race challenge for the day.
Sickening: When someone is so attractive it literally makes the people around them feel sick.
Sissy that walk: When a queen’s gait is too masculine, and they need to girly it up.
Slay: To be nothing but the absolute best. E.g. “slay the runway.”
Squirrel: Someone who hides their nuts i.e. a drag queen…
T (Tee/tea): Short for truth, the facts.
Trade: A queen who may be considered an attractive man when out of drag.
Tuck: Hiding certain male body parts to create an illusion of femininity. Usually held in place by pantyhose or tight underwear.
Werk: Variation of work, refers to the runway in particular.