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throwing shade

verb; other word formation type broadening, extension
the art of insulting (see also read); picking out one's flaws in a derogatory manner. Used extensively in the gay community and especially in drag queen culture.
 
-Girl, you call yourself legendary! More like leg and dairy! -Bitch, why you throwing shade?
Etymology : throwing + shade; throwing - present participle form of throw - "to project, propel," c.1300, from Old English þrawan "to twist, turn writhe"; shade - originally from "shade" from Middle English schade, Kentish ssed, from late Old English scead "partial darkness; shelter, protection," also partly from sceadu "shade, shadow, darkness, later could have been derived from "shady" meaning "disreputable" (1862), probably from earlier university slang sense of "of questionable merit, unreliable," thus extended to the sense of damaging someone else's reputation
Source : RuPaul's Drage Race (2009)
Last modified: 22 November 2013


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