Drag Ball Slang Terms at It’s Finest Darhlin’

For runway contestants, the tall division, regardless to gender.

Banjy (adjective):
The street-savvy look; also, looking like “rough trade”.

A tie breaker; a chance for the contestant to show up his opponent. (See also Vogue-cabulary).

Big Boy/Girl:
A class of ball competitors, usually 250 lbs. and over; “Luscious” for the ladies.

Bring It:
A challenge; call of defiance; “Come on down, you’re the next contestant…” Sometimes contestants are allowed to “call out” a rival.

A masculine female, usually lesbian.

Butch Queen:
A gay male, ranging from “straight acting” to flamboyant.

BQ in Drag:
A gay male in women’s clothes that is not taking hormones. Some can actually pass for women, but this is not required unless specified by the category.

Clever rhymes and raps used by the emcee to liven up competition.

To disqualify (as in contestant); process of elimination…”Thank you, have a nice day.” Also “hi-Yah” and “pack”.

Come for:
To challenge; “Don’t come for me, ’cause you don’t want it…”

Obtained by illegal means- credit card or check writing scams usually; “Miss Thing, that Galliano gown was crafted…”; also Stunkus.

Ultra feminine; also, interchangeable with “ovah”.

Designers’ Delite:
A category for aspiring designers and home sewers. “The garment must be made by YOU!”

A house leader (without regard to gender.)

Feel it:
To be totally absorbed in the moment.

Grand March:
The opening ceremonies. The hosting house’s members are introduced, along with the categories they represent. Mother and Father are introduced last, for maximum effect.

A title paired with a particular category winner, either currently or consistently. Examples include: label god (always “serves” this category- head to toe, and often layers), and face goddess (dare anyone defy her?)

Disqualification from competition or a category, taken from the fictitious Karate cry; also “chop” or “pack”.

A social group, clique, club, posse, family, fraternity (usually gay.)

A ballroom history maker; beyond the status of a Legend.

Noun: a close pal; adjective: characterized by favoritism, as in a judge that gives high scores based on friendship.

A multi- trophy winner, with a ballroom history; A veteran.

(Rhymes with “give”) to enjoy oneself immensely; “I lived at that last ball!”

For runway contestants, the petite or short division; anyone shorter than male/female model industry standards.


Model’s vs. Luscious Body:
Two separate female or FQ categories, the later leans toward full-figured.

Model’s vs. Muscular Body:
Two separate male categories, the later leans toward bodybuilding.

Variation of “over”, meaning “very impressive”, also “cunty” or “sickening”; “legendary” on occasion.

Pay (it):
To ignore and move on, as in an unfavorable judges’ decision; “Pay it, We’ll get her after the ball”.

A runway stunt in which you remove garment layers gracefully, down to your best ensemble.

That son or daughter most likely to take the lead as mother or father, should the current parents not continue their role; “Heir to the Throne”.

To greatly surpass in performance. Also “destroy”.

The art of insults; finding a flaw in your opponent and verbally showcasing and exaggerating it (also “Deadly Daggers”); giving someone a “piece of your mind”.

Someone currently known for winning a particular category. Rulers come and go, but Legends are forever!

An undesirable person, or described as such; low rated.

Acknowledge or give credit; “No shade, but I don’t see it”.

Shade Throwing:
Underhanded dealings, where usually the “jokes on you”; “Judge number two threw me shade…”

To win.

An up-and-coming Legend; a frequent winner that is making a name for themselves.

An up-and-coming Star; not always winning, but frequently “getting [your] tens”.

See Craft(ed).

Tens, Getting Your:
To get a perfect score from the whole judges’ panel, 10 being the highest.

Turn it:
To make a grand show; bring the ballroom to its feet; also “work”, “sell” and “serve”(all usually accompanied by “goddammit” or “bitch”.)

Fictional character created to represent unfavorable elements of the ball scene: excessive shade, petty bickering, etc. .

First-timer, never walked (a particular category) ever.

To enter a category; “Miss Thing, you should not walk for “Face”…

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