February 18, 2016, by Michael Jennings

Highlights from our bona Polari talk

On Wednesday 17 February, we had the opportunity to hear Professor Paul Baker, Lancaster University, discuss the Polari language.

This fascinating talk spanned the early roots of the language in the 1700s, through to its peak popularity in 1950s and 1960s gay communities and on to its relevance today. @UoNResearch live-tweeted from the talk, which we’ve gathered into Storify – you can read this here or view as a slide show below. Read on to find out why LGBT people chose to use a secret language, how it works, the surprising origins of the word ‘naff’ and much more…

We’ve got more LGBT History Month events coming up and we’d be delighted if you could join us – make sure to visit our events gallery.

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