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Gay Slang Becomes Jeopardy Official!

If your grandmother asks you stop throwing shade, you might have Alex Trebek to thank.

A slang category on an episode this week of the old-as-Methuselah game show Jeopardy included a question -- that no matter what Time Magazine wants you to think -- involves a term that originated in gay culture. 

"One term for talking trash about someone 'throwing' this, like a big elm tree might do," was the answer, and, of course the contestant most likely to be a gay's BFF had the right answer! 

(h/t: Queerty)



throw shade

to talk trash about a friend or aquaintance, to publicly denounce or disrespect. When throwing shade it's immediately obvious to on-lookers that the thrower, and not the throwee, is the b***hy, uncool one

"How does Kimmy keep any friends? Last night at the party all she did was throw shade at people."

I've heard it before.  First from a friend who watched some reality show.  it means to be Shady, not truthful = throwing shade

Perhaps you've been spending to much time under that big elm tree Terric.

I've never heard that phrase.....ever.

Are you being sarcastic?

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