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Ru Paul

Posted in Commodity Wisdom, Georgia History, Library of Congress, Music by chamblee54 on April 19, 2014

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Years ago, PG worked with someone who liked to say “and a ru hu hu.” This was shortened to ru, and was usually said very loud. Ru became a greeting.

About this time, Ru Paul was living in Atlanta. Many people remember her (“RuPaul Andre Charles, best known mononymously as RuPaul”) as a spectacular self promoter. Ru Paul would sit in an apartment balcony, and wave at cars passing by. Posters for her band, Wee Wee Pole, were on telephone poles up and down Ponce de Leon Avenue.

One night, Ru Paul was working as a gogo dancer in a club called Weekends. During a break, PG went over to talk to her. The use of ru as a greeting was mentioned. Soon, some people came over, and PG started to leave. Before PG could get away, Ru Paul turned to PG, lifted her index finger, and said “Keep on saying my name.”

Ru Paul went on to become famous. Weekends was torn down, and is the site of the Federal Reserve Bank. PG is PG, with occasional excursions into R and NC17. PG does not watch much TV, and has never seen an episode of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race.” This is a TV show about a TV.

There is a recent controversy about RPDR. It seems that the phrase shemale has been used. Some people are offended by this. The expression is no longer used on the show.

PG has only one trans person friend. Sashia is the first person that PG heard use the expression shemale. PG does not know if Sashia still uses this expression. It has been a while since PG learned this expression, and ideas about language do change. Spell check suggestion for Sashia: Hashish.

The use of offensive language is to be avoided. If you know something is going to hurt people, then you should avoid saying it. There is a good possibility that Ru Paul knew what she was doing, and just didn’t care. The problem comes when you haven’t received the latest update from the language authorities. Keeping up with with is cool to say can be a full time job. Is it still ok to say ru?

Pictures from The Library of Congress. The images are of women, training to be bus drivers and taxi drivers. This was in Washington DC, November 1942. The photographer was Andreas Feininger, working for the Office of War Information. The picture of a dipstick demonstration is #8d36666.

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  1. WTF RuPaul | Chamblee54 said, on May 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. […]

  2. Ru Paul | Chamblee54 said, on April 20, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    […] Keeping up with with is cool to say can be a full time job. Is it still ok to say ru? This is a double repost. Pictures from The Library of Congress. The images are of women, training to be bus drivers […]

  3. RuPaul | Chamblee54 said, on March 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    […] Keeping up with with is cool to say can be a full time job. Is it still ok to say ru? This is a double repost. Pictures from The Library of Congress. The images are of women, training to be bus drivers […]


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