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other word formation type broadening, extension; verb
the art of insulting, as popularized by the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning (see also throwing shade); drag jargon for insulting someone in a kind-hearted fashion for comedic purposes or pointing out one's flaw and over exaggerate/elaborate it
 
Reading is Fundamental, a challenge featured in Seasons 2-5 of RuPaul's Drag Race, where the Queens "read" each other.
Etymology : read - sense of "make out the character of (a person)" is attested from 1610s, connected to "riddle" via notion of "interpret."
Source : RuPaul's Drag Race (2010)
Last modified: 22 November 2013


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