Throughout history as exotic dancing evolved, a unique and colorful
language has emerged from within the industry. Some of this language
has even filtered down to the customers. In any work of fiction or
non-fiction relating to exotic dancing or striptease the use of the
industry related slang in dialogue and description can add dimension to
Exotic dancing or striptease has a long history in America dating back to a performer called Little Egypt who danced the hootchy-kootchy
dance in the 1890s. Of course the practice dates back to Biblical times
with the Dance of the Seven Veils performed by Salome for King Herod.
Performances have come a long, long way since these early performances,
though it is considered that the artistic zenith of striptease occurred
during 1930s and 1940s, with H. L. Mencken inventing the word ecdysiast
as a fancy word for stripper. Through the years, striptease has
diverted from the artistic forms to more shocking forms of dancing and
exhibition, although some of the more raunchy live sex shows available
today are nowhere near as bad as some of the shows in San Francisco at
the turn of the 19th Century.
A complete listing of every bit of slang used in exotic dancing could
probably fill its own dictionary, so I will try to highlight a few of
the more interesting terms, along with a brief description, history or
usage guide. Much of this slang does reflect the age it was used in, so
make sure the slang is appropriate for the era in which your story is
based. Again, while this listing is by no means comprehensive, any
story relating to exotic dancing or the industry can be enhanced by the
proper usage of some of these terms.
bank – Money. Â Â Â Â Usage: Hey, thereâ€™s a big bank in that corner
over there. Â Â Â Â Translation: Hey, the guy in the corner has a bunch of
circus – A live sex act performed for a paying customer. Â Â Â Â
Usage: I told him he could have a circus for a hundred bucks. Â Â Â Â
Translation: I told him he could watch a live sex act for a hundred
d.j. – A bouncer. Â Â Â Â Usage: If that guy doesnâ€™t sit down now
Iâ€™ll be sending a d.j. over there. Â Â Â Â Translation: If he doesnâ€™t sit
down Iâ€™m sending a bouncer.
farm – An uninhibited show, as found in cities where there are
loose views on what may happen in a strip show. This is the opposite of
cold where there are more restrictions on what a stripper can do.
gadget – A g-string, mostly used in the 1930s and 1940s and is
not recognized today. Â Â Â Â Usage: Yeah, she stripped down to her gadget
in no time. Â Â Â Â Translation: Yeah, she stripped down to a g-string in
give it away – A performance with inadequate tips. Â Â Â Â Usage:
Damn this crowd, they want me to just give it away. Â Â Â Â Translation:
Damn this crowd is cheap.
groper – A rude customer, though dancers now will usually just call them â€œassholeâ€ or â€œpig.â€
house girl – One of a group of performers at a club who work without any billing. The performer getting the billing is the feature dancer.
Â Â Â Â Usage: Sheâ€™s just a house girl now, but if she keeps at it, I can
see her as a feature dancer one day. Â Â Â Â Translation: She has some
talent and with a little work she may get a billing.
lap dance – A dance where the performer bumps and grinds on the
lap of a customer, who often masturbates. Most lap dancing is done with
the back towards the customer. Â Â Â Â Usage: I paid her extra for a lap
dance. Â Â Â Â Translation: I paid her for a one on one dance, where she
will grind herself against me.
princess – A dancer with a prima donna attitude. Â Â Â Â Usage:
Save your presents, this oneâ€™s a princess. Â Â Â Â Translation: Donâ€™t tip
her, sheâ€™s just a prima donna.
rope trick – A dance where the dancer rubs her crotch on a rope.
Â Â Â Â Usage: This one does a hot rope trick. Â Â Â Â Translation: This
stripper does a uninhibited dance with that rope.
spooge – To ejaculate. Though strippers use a lot of terms for
ejaculation, spooge is a favorite in the San Francisco area. Â Â Â Â
Usage: Just as I was finishing my dance he spooged. Â Â Â Â Translation:
Just as I was finishing my dance he ejaculated.
t-back or t-bar – A tiny covering for a dancerâ€™s
genitals, less skimpy than a g-string. Â Â Â Â Usage: Yeah, she stripped
down to her t-back. Â Â Â Â Translation: She stripped down to that little
thing covering her genitals that is slightly less skimpy than a
yoni – The female genitals. This is a term from the Kama Sutra
that many dancers prefer. Â Â Â Â Usage: That g-string barely covers my
yoni. Â Â Â Â Translation: That g-string barely covers my genitals.
These are just a few of the colorful terms
frequently used in exotic dancing.
1.)Dalzell, Tom â€“ The Slang of Sin Merriam-Webster Incorporated, Springfield, Massachusetts 1998.
2.)Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, htt p://en.wikipedia.org/wiki