The film critic Nestor Torre apparently coined the term Swardspeak in the '70s, but the lingo it designates had emerged years before as a way for gay men to exclusively communicate among each other—a cultural safe space disguised as slang, a series of codes to identify fellow "deviants. Reyes himself wrote a book on the subject entitled "Swardspeak: Cedric is so cute today! Sappho Daddy-o n. Vampire n. Ang julamantrax denchi, Ay anek-anek.
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Over time, I learned what those words, and many more, actually meant, but it took a lot of pretending that I understood and then racing home to Google a new list of words.