On creative etymology…

11/10/2000

Notice the similarity in pronunciation between these two words: “Homey” (as in homeboy, contemporary American street-slang) and “Omi” (old gay palare for man). Palare had a word, “omipalone” (Oh-Mi-Pal-Oh-Nee) which was a combination of Man and Woman (“palone”), and which at the time meant something along the lines of “poof”. Creative etymology leads me to posit the creation of the word “Homey-Palone”, referring to the almost non-existent phenomenon of the “Gay Gangsta Rapper”. [research from Quinion]