Asexual slang

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This is a list of slang terms used by the asexual community.

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A

A is the first letter of the English alphabet and can be used as a prefix meaning "not". Thus, "asexual" means "not sexual" and is derived in the same way as heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual. Similarly to these other orientations, the prefix preceding "sexual" can sometimes be used as a slang term for someone of that sexual orientation. Also, "aromantic" is derived in a similar way.

Ace

Ace is a popular nickname for a person who is asexual. It is a phonetic shortening of "asexual", and has lead to some symbolism regarding the playing card "ace". Some asexuals use the ace of spades or ace of hearts to represent their orientation. The ace of hearts is more commonly used for romantic asexuals, whereas an aromantic asexual would generally use the spade.

Aces of Spades and Hearts

Amoeba

An amoeba is a unicellular protozoan of the genus Amoeba. Amoebas are famous for asexual reproduction in the form of binary fission, or splitting in half. This meaning of asexual is different from the asexual. Nevertheless, in the early years of the asexual community "amoeba" became a colloquial term used to refer to an asexual person,[1] though in recent years the terms "ace" and "asexy" have outstripped "amoeba" in popular use.[2]

Early examples of this usage include an article titled “My life as an amoeba” by Zoe O'Reilly published by StarNet Dispatches on May 30, 1997 and the Yahoo listserve Haven for the Human Amoeba founded in 2000. Despite falling out of popularity as a slang term for asexual people, references to this usage are retained in slogans like "Asexuality: not just for amoebas anymore" and from the original AVEN forum post rankings[3] added in 2003: present examples are Amoeba at 50-69 posts and Amoeba Colony at 100-199 posts, as well as several mitosis rankings.

Asexy

Asexy is a term that is used to describe a number of different things, but it usually refers to a person who asexuals tend to be attracted to (for reasons ranging from intelligence to baking skills). "Asexy" is also an AVEN forums rank.

See also

References

  1. Slang - on AVEN Forums
  2. Asexy vs. Ace - on AVEN Forums
  3. New Ranks!! - on AVEN Forums