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Dykon

noun; blending
a hero or idol appealing primarily to lesbians A blending of the words ‘dyke’ and ‘icon,’ one might be surprised to know this word originated in the gay community. One of the parent words, ‘dyke,’ has been ameliorated so it is just a more specific term for lesbian, rather than an insult. As this is the case, those it describes often use it to label themselves, allowing for the blend to occur. With all the references to ‘gay idols,’ those who seem to have a disproportionally large gay following, the need for a word describing the mirror situation for lesbian idols explains the origin of the word. It can also be considered a shibboleth, rarely used at this time outside of the gay community.
 
Melissa? She’s my dykon.
Etymology : . How ‘dyke’ came to be a disparaging term for lesbian is unknown, though the word seems to have first taken on this meaning around 1942. The origin of the other parent word is better known: icon came through Latin from the Greek eikon from eikenei, meaning ‘to resemble.’ The word was first seen in English around 1572.
Source : Converation; Rice student
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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