Gay Dictionary: Italian

How to say gay in Italian

Italian is a language of Indo-European family formed by several dialects. It is spoken by about 62 million people and is official in 9 countries or regions. In the vast Italian Gay Dictionary placed at your disposal highlights the obsession in Italy with bottom gays and this is probably due to the intimate and peculiar relationship that Italy has had with male homosexual behavior. As we explained in our article Finocchio for Protest Collection , or Pedicabo Ego Vos et Irrumabo for Funny Collection, Italians inherited the Greek homosexual relationship system, teacher-pupil, and transformed it into the master-slave system, that allowed a man fuck their slaves and men in general, without prejudice to his manhood as long as fulfill his role as father and man in society. Be fucked or sucking a dick were abominable acts, but the opposite was allowed. 2000 years later we can see that most of insults are directed to the reviled group of bottoms, when logically cannot exist a bottom without a top. Already said Jeanne Moreau in Fassbinder film, Querelle, "each man kills the thing he loves", and it seems that in Italy homophobia is directly proportional to the love for gay sex.

Source: "Il gergo queer nell'italiano novecentesco e contemporaneo" Doctoral Thesis by Daniel de Lucia, Università "G. D'Annunzio" Chieti-Pescara (2013)



Term Definition

typical expression of Rome and Lazio to insult gays, although its use is widespread throughout Italy. Its origin, despite the efforts of many specialists is unclear, since lies in the scope of the Roman dialect slang, which leaves no written documents. The spread of the term in Italy came after World War II due to neorealist movies and novels. In any case, different explanations focus on several issues common to other expressions worldwide and more specific.

  1. Foreign Men: in most countries homosexuality, at one time or another has been seen as a vice come from abroad. In the case of Italy they suffered attacks of German mercenaries, jokes against the Frenchmen who occupied Rome and the papal Swiss Guard, men from neighboring countries, France, Switzerland and Germany, socially gifted of the worst habits and ways of being as homosexual behavior. Frocio sometime was used to call foreigners.

  2. Despicable man or small man: from the Frocio expression, or its variations, it would be used to call foreigners, could also be used to name the despicable man in general, and thus by extension, used for homosexual men. Also keep in mind its relationship with the Latin word flaccus, meaning loose, flabby, soft, etc.

  3. The nose: Others point to the nose from the expression "Froge" that relates to the nose. On the one hand we have the "Fontana delle Froge" (fountain of the nose) a unlocated fountain of Rome where homosexuals supposedly often met. And secondly, that the soldiers of the papal Swiss Guard, were drunkards and over time their nose grew, being less attractive to women. In addition, the relationship in Rome between this anatomical part with dubious or suspicious things.

Variations: Froscio.

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