Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 09:56:27 -0500 From: Al Futrell Subject: Re: Tomboy & Sissy On Thu, 16 Nov 1995, Wayne Glowka wrote: > tlc has said that the terms are common in prison lexicons. Is there > implied ironic humor in the terms? implied euphemism? They strike me as > delicate ways around words that seem more taboo. In prison(s) an entire hierarchy of "homosexuals" (I place this in quotes because that is not really how the prisoners discuss it -- that is our egghead term) exists and some of this is revealed in the lexicon. For example, there is a punk, a fag, a sissy, a girl, and so on. Depending upon what prison you are in, the terms have slightly different meanings, although a punk is pretty much the lowest level in all the prisons I have been to, which is about 20. Al Futrell -- awfutr01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] -- Dept of Communication -- University of Louisville