Gay Dictionary: Spanish

How to say gay in Spanish

Spanish is an Indo-European language spoken in 31 countries, with a total of 528 million speakers, mainly in Spain and Latin America, it is the second language in the world after Chinese.

In our Spanish Gay Dictionary you will find terms and expressions of all categories (see Gay Dictionary), as well as those created by the LGBT community itself. This variety is due to the large number of Spanish speakers, the vast geographical scope and the time interval, as there are actual words and others that date back to the 13th century.

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Unlike other large dictionaries such as English, Spanish Gay Dictionary, does not focus on the top / bottom role in sex, and blowjobs. Nor as the Italian, obsessed with passive (bottom) homosexuals.

In addition to the search and investigation, we highlight the following sources:

  • DRAE. Diccionario de la Real Academia de la Lengua Española.
  • Diccionario Sucinto para el lector no entendido. Alberto Cardín.
  • Diccionario de expresiones malsonantes del español. Jaime Martín.
  • Diccionario de argot español. Víctor León.

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Term Definition

Term used in Mexico to refer pejoratively to homosexual man. There are several theories about the origin of this word. On one hand some say it comes from "Sota" a figure of Spanish deck of cards, because someone see in the illustration effeminate attributes. Others say that "Joto" is the baby goat and might be related to suckle. Others say that "Joto" is the breastfed baby goat and might be related to blowjobs. The most common theory is that which refers to the Mexican prison in the city of Lecumberry, according to which homosexuals were locked in the "J" section or because it was the section where they locked the captured in the famous "Dance of the Forty-One ". And the most surprising theory is that "Joto" would come from the Aragonese Jota (famous Spanish dance and song) through the semantic leap dance - woman - homosexual.

The first reference of to the word Joto is found in an article by the Colombian Federico Aguilar dated in 1883, which lists a number of used terms in Puebla and the central states of Mexico, in which "Joto" is defined as "maricón" (faggot). Therefore the theory of the origin of the slang that relates to the Jota section of the prison of Lecumberri, and their relationship with the "Dance of the 41" no longer valid because the prison did not exist at that time; was inaugurated seven years later, in 1900.

Over time, in Moscas de Colores we have developed a certain sense for separate the wheat from the chaff, however with "Joto" although we have no doubt to rebut the myth of the jota section of the prison, the rest of the theories seems silly explanations. We will see in the future, where words will lead us.

Variations Jotito, Jota.

See Forty-One

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