Drag Slang Explained

It’s a known fact that most of the words and phrases we use in our day to day lives were first used by drag queens. For centuries, drag queens have been around, coming up with fun ways to say stuff. In fact, studies have shown that drag slang is the reason that the English language is up to 20% gayer than most other languages. That said, there’s so much fabulous verbiage out there that it’s difficult to get to grips with all of it. So, here is a handy guide to some of the more niche drag slang that you may not yet know about.

Mister Blister’s got a sister (phrase)

Roughly translates as “My feet are sore”

Use: “I was wearing those high heels all night because I am a drag queen and let me tell you, Mister Blister’s got a sister”

Windows 95 (adj)

Old-fashioned, out of touch with modern life

Use: “My mother is 70, as such she is very Windows 95”

Workbench! (exclamation)

An exclamation usually used to acknowledge the work of a queen, for example, if she has made herself a desk

Use: “Workbench! That looks practical”

Call me Flashpan Williams! (phrase)

Serves the same purpose as “you’re welcome”, used mostly when giving a gift

Use: “Thank you so much for this new set of lashes”

“Well, just call me Flashpan Williams, baby!”

To squish (verb)

To shoplift

Use: “I squished all of these dresses from Topshop”

Wipe that hard drive (phrase)

Cleaning off your genitalia after sex

Use: “After you log off, you gotta wipe that hard drive”

Tump (verb)

Eating food quickly because it isn’t yours

Use: “I tumped all your chips while you weren’t looking. Hopefully my lipstick isn’t smudged”

Grub yourself nasty! (exclamation)

Self-explanatory; usually said immediately before or after a meal

Happy meal (noun) (see also stack o’batter, the gates of hell, leg insulation, flubber, Mrs buttcheek and her beloved life partner Sarah)


Use: “I didn’t order this happy meal, but I’ll eat it”

Tricky mustard (phrase)

An unhelpful social construct

Use: “Binary notions of gender are a tricky mustard”

Upside down on a tea tray to sweet Brenda (phrase)

High or inebriated in some capacity

Use: “She can’t be part of the elaborate drag queen dance number, she’s clearly upside down on a tea tray to sweet Brenda”

Bjorked up (phrase)

High or inebriated but in a manner resembling Bjork

Use: “Girl, I was so Bjorked up last night I started recording an experimental art pop album”

Sandra Bullock (proper noun)

Usually refers to Meg Ryan, for some reason drag queens often get them confused

Use: “I love Sandra Bullock, especially her early films like “When Harry Met Sally””


Article written by Joe Irvine