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Published on Jan 17, 2010
Short interview with Dr Paul Baker discussing Polari. This language (or alternatively Parlare, Parlary, Palare, Palarie, Palari (from Italian parlare, "to talk") was a form of cant slang used in Britain by actors, circus or fairground showmen, criminals, prostitutes, and latterly by the gay subculture. It was popularised in the 1950s and 1960s by camp characters Julian and Sandy in the popular BBC radio shows Beyond our Ken and Round the Horne.