Lesson 8 activities (hands off)

What a queer thing to say

Activity 1

Today, we use a variety of language forms in our daily interactions, which not only demonstrates how language is constantly evolving but also helps us create new paradigms for community living.

Read the following text about LGBTQIA+ language on Wikipedia.

Note for teacher: As it might be difficult for students to read the text from the screenshot below, we would recommend you to print a copy for each student. Always remember to follow the copyright rules.

Figure 7. Screenshot of LGBT via Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0. Retrieved on October 28, 2022.

Activity 2

Activity 3

The previous activity might have been quite challenging if you didn’t know the translations of the terms.

Activity 4

Look at the expressions below with the verb GET. Then, answer the questions below.

  • Get laid
  • Get all lovey dovey!
  • ♪ Get my tits in a knot ♪
  • Get a blow job
  • ♪ Get in your pants ♪
  • Get cranking
  • ♪ Get rid of you ♪
  • ♪ Get a load of mine ♪
  • Get a hard-on
  • Get pricked
  • Get jerked off
  • ♪ Get your rocks off ♪
  • Get swelled head

Note: If the suggested resources are not available, the teacher can bring texts and newspapers with news that are related to gender.

Activity 5

In Maíra, written by Darcy Ribeiro in 1975, the author uses several words to refer to the tabooed lexical set about male and female sexual organs. Please see a list of these words below.

Cunt – Prick – Ass – Asshole – Buttock

Activity 6

Based on the use of the word ‘sex’ in Queer as Folk, note the prepositions that are used with this word in the graph below. Can you note any collocation(s)?

Prepositions used with the query 'sex' shown in a graph visualisation
Figure 8. Screenshot of BNC LAB – query ‘sex’. Retrieved on September 20, 2022. © BNClab, all rights reserved, used with permission.

Activity 7

Discuss the following questions with your peers:

  • What have you learnt in this lesson?
  • How would you use the queer language in your daily life in other contexts?


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