Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 1 20:07:29 UTC 2008

I may be totally mistaken, here, but I've long been under the
impression that the term, "drama-queen," referred to an openly-gay man
who had a rather histrionic personality, such that he tended to freak
out over small things that were of little moment, to people gay or
straight, with less outgoing personalities.

I've now begun to hear "drama-king" used as though "drama -queen" were
a term applicable originally only to straight women.

For example, it was used by his former girlfriend to describe  the
same man who earlier claimed that, since he didn't "lhave a
_beat-a-woman bone_ in [his] body," his apparently-threatening action
was meant only "to _scare her up_ a bit" and not as a real physical

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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