Every profession has it’s own jargon. If you want to be “in” you have got to learn the jargon. You can look up RuPaul’s Drag Race Dictionary when you have some extra time to study. You know between the three hours it’s going to take you to apply makeup and the twenty hours to build a fine wardrobe. OR you can take my crash course and brush up on the details as you go.
First, no matter how campy (over-the-top funny) a drag queen is, she also wants to be fishy (pretty). She wants to look like a convincing woman especially if she is a pageant queen. And to come clean, fishy does refer to, in vernacular speech, that odor associated with unclean female parts. I don’t mean to air anyone’s dirty laundry I just highly respect etymology (the study of the origin words). The best way for any “girl’ to achieve such a look is to beat, or apply the perfect amount of makeup to achieve the perfect look. But beating can be so subjective, can’t it?
Next the bitch (used in an endearing empowering way, like the word sister) needs to create that body-ody-ody (we are referring to a plentitude of curves here). Hopefully, she has a drag mother (experienced queen) who showed her how to put it all together. Once she has it all in place she’s ready to WERK (perform)!
When she gets up there and starts her act she has got to be fierce (powerful, intense, beautiful, and talented). Her job is to captivate the audience and illicit hollers and dollaz (tips). If she does, this is for the gods (perfect) and everyone else will gag (react in shock positively).If she does not pull this off she might be a booger (ugly queen). But don’t you ever dare say her drag is busted (not very good or convincing). I mean, you don’t know her like that. And if you do say something be prepared to be read (get a tongue-lashing or be told off).
Stick to this beginner’s lexicon and your initial entrance into the drag world will go as smoothly as a novice can possibly expect. Don’t forget! Lawd have fun, BOOTS (an exclamatory interjection to show emotion)!