[Milton-L] Queering Milton

gilliaca at jmu.edu gilliaca at jmu.edu
Wed Jan 27 13:19:47 EST 2010

>   John, I don't know where I first heard it, but the
>   expression "queering the deal" is fairly common. 

And it;s been around for a long time - can't cite dates off the top of my head [OED might help], but am relatively sure it was in common usage before the word 'queer' became primarily associated with gay folks.  Same with what breaks me up every Christmas: "Don we now our gay apparel...!"  I'm gay, so I get to giggle - linguistic in-group privilege - a phrase I just invented.  

And, old as I am, every Easter when we sing "Up above the sky He's King!" I am ineveitably reminded of the radio [and later tv] show about a modern cowboy who owned an airplane, "Sky King."


Cynthia A. Gilliatt
English Department, JMU, ret.
JMU Safe Zones supporter
"You have made God in your own image when God hates the same people you hate." Fr. John Weston

More information about the Milton-L mailing list