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Queer Avoidance, Vocabulary, Euphemisms, and the Language of Lesbians

9 Ways the Early Twentieth-Century Newspaper

Reviewed Broadway Plays & Avoided Saying the “L” Word

  1. “A Twisted Relationship” – New York Times, 1926
  2. “A Warped Infatuation” – New York Times, 1926
  3. “Tormenting Impulses” – World, 1926
  4. “Bondage” – World, 1926
  5. “The Poisonous Serpents Spell of Decadent Women” – Evening News, 1926
  6. “A Cancerous Growth” – Daily News, 1926
  7. “A Monstrous Sexual Perversion” – New York Evening Journal, 1934
  8. “L—N” – New York Herald Tribune, 1934
  9. “A Naughty Word” – New York Herald Tribune, 1934

16 (Ninetieth/Twentieth Century) Euphemisms for Lesbian Relationships

  1. Smashes
  2. Sentimental Friends
  3. Special Friends
  4. Romantic Friends
  5. Two Hearts in Counsel
  6. Love of Kindred Spirits
  7. Boston Marriages
  8. Urningin
  9. Gynander
  10. Viragint
  11. Invert
  12. Contrasexual
  13. Androgne
  14. Moderne
  15. Roaring Girl
  16. Female Adventurer

Lists From:

Richards, Dell. Lesbian Lists: A Look at Lesbian Culture, History, and Personalities. Boston: Alyson Publications, 1990

Here’s a fascinating account of ‘The Captive’, the first play mentioned here.

Now to track down all these plays.