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pillowtosser

noun;
A homosexual. Originally coined as a derogatory term, but often used as an affectionate title. This is a combination of the term “pillow biter” and “tosser.” A pillow biter is a derogatory term for a homosexual. A tosser is a derogatory term, its meaning is almost exactly the same as a wanker. My friends enjoy calling each other derogatory terms in jest, this is just a variation on a derogatory term for a homosexual. This word was formed from two derogatory and somewhat vulgar terms. However, it was also formed in the search for a new affectionate term for a gay friend. Often gay people will call each other “fag” or “homo” in a purely affectionate way, without intention of being derogatory. This word has come to represent a similar semantic shift from a negative term to a positive one. Also, although the word was formed from two derogatory or vulgar terms, the resulting word actually sounds rather light. A person hearing the word pillowtosser for the first time may think of such images as a pillow fight. Because the term is used among my friends as an affectionate term (the way some people affectionately call their friends bitches), the word seems to be undergoing a semantic shift to actually be an affectionate, positive term.
 
Our roommate is a pillowtosser, but we still love him!
Etymology : pillow biter clipped to pillow + tosser 'slang for wanker or jerk'
Source : My roommates
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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