"clever" (= skillful, adroit)

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Wed Jul 3 22:42:24 UTC 2002

In a message dated 7/3/02 3:57:15 PM, stevekl at PANIX.COM writes:

<< On Mon, 1 Jul 2002 RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:

> There is a slang sense of CLEVER that means 'sexually attractive'. Or at
> least there used to be, in American gay lingo.
> Is that still current?

I'm afraid it's generational or regional -- I've never heard it used that
way in a queer context.

-- Steve Kl. >>

To be more exact, as I recall, "clever" meant 'sexually attractive' only when
used of males and then only when combined with the words "number" or
"trick"--i.e., a "clever number" was a sexy guy. I can't say if it was
confined only to (parts of) the South, but my guess is that it is now archaic.

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