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Dykelet

noun; derivation
a very young lesbian; a tomboy who may identify herself as a lesbian in later life English previously had no such word ;the popular phrase “baby dyke” connotes a slightly older woman who is typically aware of and/or acting upon her homosexuality. The idea of sexual orientation as an inborn, lifelong trait is a relatively new and still very controversial one, so it is logical that new words would be arising inthe 1990’s to match recently devised conceptions of young people with homosexual inclinations. Bornstein’s writing style is a very colloquial and sometimes aims to shock; she may have intended this as an amusing nonce word. May be specific to the gay community or to those familiar with 'queer theory.'
 
I was off on an adventure in my mind as a little girl, usually some budding dykelet like Nancy Drew or Pippi Longstocking.
Etymology : dyke origin unknown, possibly clipped from bulldyke which may descend from Boudicca, legendary Celtic woman warrior, + -let small, baby
Source : Kate Bornstein, Gender Outlaw, 1994.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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