NEW >The Polari Bible


The worlds first and only extant print copy of the Holy Bible (King James edition) translated into Polari (the cryptic and endangered Gay language).

As part of Polari Mission we collaborated with Tim Greening-Jackson, (AKA Sr. Matic de Bauchery - of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgance, Manchester House) to take the digital work and produce this unique physical edition.

The Polari Bible has been used throughout the project for the Biblathons and has embelished parts of Polari Mission Live! performances.

At the end of the Polari Mission the Polari Bible is to become part of The John Rylands Librarys permanent, world class, collection of historic Bibles.


Polari Bible - Genesis


Chapter 1

1 In the beginning Gloria created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was nanti form, and void; and munge was upon the eke of the deep. And the fairy of Gloria trolled upon the eke of the aquas.
3 And Gloria cackled, Let there be sparkle: and there was sparkle.
4 And Gloria vardad the sparkle, that it was bona: and Gloria medzered the sparkle from the munge.
5 And Gloria screeched the sparkle journo, and the munge she screeched nochy. And the bijou nochy and the morning were the first journo.
6 And Gloria cackled, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the aquas, and let it divide the aquas from the aquas.
7 And Gloria made the firmament, and medzered the aquas which were under the firmament from the aquas which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And Gloria screeched the firmament Heaven. And the bijou nochy and the morning were the second journo.
9 And Gloria cackled, Let the aquas under the heaven be gathered together unto una place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And Gloria screeched the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the aquas screeched she Seas: and Gloria vardad that it was bona.
11 And Gloria cackled, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding maria, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose maria is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding maria after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose maria was in itself, after his kind: and Gloria vardad that it was bona.
13 And the bijou nochy and the morning were the third journo.
14 And Gloria cackled, Let there be sparkles in the firmament of the heaven to divide the journo from the nochy; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for sparkles in the firmament of the heaven to parker sparkle upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And Gloria made dewey dowry sparkles; the dowrier sparkle to rule the journo, and the nanti dowrier sparkle to rule the nochy: she made the twinkling fakements also.
17 And Gloria set them in the firmament of the heaven to parker sparkle upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the journo and over the nochy, and to divide the sparkle from the munge: and Gloria vardad that it was bona.
19 And the bijou nochy and the morning were the quarter journo.
20 And Gloria cackled, Let the aquas bring forth dowrily the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And Gloria created dowry whales, and every living creature that trolleth, which the aquas brought forth dowrily, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and Gloria vardad that it was bona.
22 And Gloria fabed them, cackling, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the aquas in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the bijou nochy and the morning were the fifth journo.
24 And Gloria cackled, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping fakement, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And Gloria made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every fakement that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and Gloria vardad that it was bona.
26 And Gloria cackled, Let us make homie in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping fakement that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So Gloria created homie in his own image, in the image of Gloria created she her; omee and palone created she them.
28 And Gloria fabed them, and Gloria cackled unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living fakement that trolleth upon the earth.
29 And Gloria cackled, varda, I have parkered you every herb bearing maria, which is upon the eke of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding maria; to you it shall be for carnish.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every fakement that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have parkered every green herb for carnish: and it was so.
31 And Gloria vardad every fakement that she had made, and, varda, it was dowry bona. And the bijou nochy and the morning were the seyth journo.

Sisters od Perpetual Indulgance - Website Snippet

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are an agit-prop phenomenon that takes the form of an international order of Gay and Lesbian nuns and monks. The UK sisters have adopted Polari in their ceremonies in the late 90s early and 2000s.

There was a HTML version available on the website of the Manchester branch of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgance This site is now down however there is a Polari Bible PDF version is available here:


Lexicon of "Sisters Polari"

Words and Phrases Used By the Sisters

Andrea: Andrew.
Auntie: Father.
Crystal: Christ.
Davina: David.
Dowry butch: Almighty.
Duchess: LORD.
Fantabulosa Fairy: Holy Ghost.
Get her: Get thee behind me, Satan.
Gloria: God.
I AM WHAT I AM I don't need praise, I don't want pity: I AM THAT I AM.
I've got your number, ducky: I know thy works.
Jane: John.
Josephine: Joseph.
Josie: Jesus.
Kosher Homie: Hebrew.
Kosher Homies and Palones: Hebrews.
Kosher palones: Hebrew women.
Larlou: Amen.
Lucille: Luke.
Marcia: Mark.
Matilda: Matthew.
Maureen: Moses.
Norah: Noah.
Pauline: Paul.
Petra: Peter.
Phyllis: Philip.
Sadie: Satan.
Simone: Simon.
Steve: Eve.
a dowriest cod: an abomination.
a stretcher case: weary.
absolutely fantabulosa: perfect.
acting dickey: work.
acting dickeys: labours.
affair: lover.
affairs: lovers.
ajax: nigh.
alcopop: vinegar.
any road up: and it came to pass, nevertheless, yea.
aqua: water.
aquas: waters.
aunt nell: hear, hearken.
aunt nelled: heard, hearkened.
aunt nelleth: heareth.
aunt nelly fake: earring.
aunt nelly fakes: earrings.
aunties: fathers.
back slum: inner chamber.
bad style: pestilence.
badge: old.
badge cove: old man.
badge coves: old men.
badgeness: old age.
bagadga: privy member.
bamboozle: confound.
bamboozled: confounded.
barney: war.
basque: breastplate.
battyfang: destroy.
battyfanged: destroyed.
battyfangeth: destroyeth.
battyfangs: destroys.
beak: judge, magistrate.
beaks: judges, magistrates.
bean: young.
bean cove: lad, young man.
bean coves: young men.
beandom: youth.
benar: better.
bencove: friend.
bencoves: friends.
bent: crooked.
betty bracelets: scribes.
bevvied: drunk.
bevvy: sup.
bevvy homie: drunkard.
bevvying: drinking.
big butch homie: giant.
big butch homies: giants.
bijou: little.
bijou arkette: ark.
bijou nochy: evening.
bijou tabernaclette: tabernacle.
bijoux tabernaclettes: tabernacles.
billingsgate: blasphemy, profane.
billingsgated: profaned.
billingsgates: blasphemies.
billingsgateth: blasphemeth.
bimbo: fool.
binco: lamp.
binco fakement: fire.
bincos: lamps.
bitaine: whore.
bitainedom: whoredom.
bitainedoms: whoredoms.
bitaining: whoring.
bodega: market.
bodega homie: merchant.
bodega homies: merchants.
bodegas: markets.
bolus: apothecary.
bona: fine, good, gracious, righteous, sweet, worthy.
bona lav: blessing.
bona lavs: blessings.
bonafy: sanctify.
bonaness: righteousness.
bond homie: bondman.
bond palone: bondwoman.
booth: chamber.
box: rump.
boyno: greetings.
bugger off: depart from me.
bugle: nostrils.
butch: strong.
butch homie: soldier.
butch homies: soldiers.
butch lattie: castle.
butch latties: castles.
butch lav: commandment.
butch lavs: commandments.
butch shriek: roar.
butch shrieking: roaring.
butch shriekings: roars.
butcher: stronger.
butchest: strongest.
butchness: strength.
buvare: drink.
buvareth: drinketh.
cackle: say, speak, speech, tell.
cackle fart: egg.
cackled: said, spake, spoken, told.
cackledst: saidth.
cacklest: speakest.
cackleth: speaketh.
cackling: saying.
cackling fakement: voice.
cackling homie: preacher.
camp: meek.
campness: meekness.
carnish: meat.
caterver: trespass.
catervers: trespasses.
cavalier: uncircumcised.
chant: song.
chants: songs.
charper: seek.
charperest: seekest.
charpereth: seeketh.
charpering carsey: prison.
charpering homie: guard.
charpers: seeks.
charver: fornicate.
charvering: fornication.
charvering donna: harlot.
charvering donnas: harlots.
chaud's mudge: foreskin.
chavvie: child.
chavvied: begat.
chavvies: children, generations.
chavvy: babe.
chenter: hundred.
chenters: hundreds.
chinker: five.
chinker dacha: fifty.
chivvied: persecuted.
chivvy: persecute.
chivvying: persecution.
choad: sceptre.
chucking: casting.
clobber: raiment.
clovenplated: clovefooted.
cod: bad.
codness: iniquity.
cods: iniquities.
colin: horn.
colins: horns.
cottage: closet.
cottages: closets.
crimper: barber.
crocus: physician.
crocuses: doctors.
dacha: ten.
dachafold: tenfold.
dachath: tenth.
daffiness: drunkenness.
daffy: drunken.
dander: wroth.
dewey: two.
dewey dacha: twenty.
dewey dachath: twentieth.
deweyfold: twofold.
dhobie: wash.
dhobied: washed.
dhobies: purifies.
dinarly: money.
dinge: pollution.
dinged: fouled.
dingy: polluted.
dish: confess.
dish the dirt: commune.
dished the dirt: communed.
dishing the dirt on: making mention of.
dizzy: foolish.
do the rights: avenge.
dolly: pleasant.
doob: tablet.
doobs: tablets.
dorcas: samaritan.
dowrier: greater.
dowriest: chief, greatest.
dowriest homie: king.
dowriest homies: kings.
dowriest palone: queen.
dowriest palones: queens.
dowrily: abundantly.
dowriness: greatness.
dowry: great, much, very.
dowry aqua: flood.
dowry aquas: floods.
dowry butch: mighty.
dowry cod: abomination.
dowry cods: abominations.
dowry efink: sword.
dowry efinks: swords.
dowry lattie: palace.
dowry latties: palaces.
dowry lupper: thumb.
dowry munjarlee: feast.
dowry munjarlees: feasts.
drag queen: dragon.
drag queens: dragons.
dry: left.
dry martini: left hand.
efink: knife.
efinks: knives.
eke: face, head.
ekes: faces, heads.
fabe: glorious, godly.
fabed: blessed.
fabely: gorgeously.
fabeness: glory, godliness.
fabularity: majesty.
fabulosa: holy, wondrous.
fabulosas: holies.
fabulous: faithful.
fabulously: faithfully.
fairies: angels, spirits.
fairy: angel, ghost, spirit.
fakement: possession, thing.
fakements: things.
famble: hand.
famble cheat: ring.
famble cheats: rings.
famble palone: handmaid.
famble palones: handmaids.
fambles: hands.
fancied: desired.
fancy: desire.
fantabulosa: excellent.
fatcha: shave.
fatcha fakement: razor.
ferricadooza: slay.
ferricadoozad: broke down.
ferricadoozaed: slew.
ferricadoozed: slain.
ferricadoozeth: slayeth.
ferricadoza: kill.
ferricadozad: killed.
ferricadozadst: killedst.
filiome: boy.
filiomes: boys.
filly: fair.
foofs: breasts.
fortuni: wonderful.
frock: garment, robe, skirt.
frocks: garments, robes, skirts.
fungi: elders.
gajo: outcast.
gajos: fugitives.
gardy loo: beware.
gelt: gold, treasure, treasures.
gin and tonic: milk and honey.
glossies: books, scriptures.
glossy: book, scripture.
gobsmacked: amazed, astonished.
gobsmacked-ness: astonishment.
godly homie: priest.
godly homies: priests.
goolie: black.
gossip: gospel.
gracie: grace.
gracies: graces.
groinage: jewels.
groinnage: bracelets.
grovelling fakement: altar.
hampstead: tooth.
hampsteads: teeth.
handbag: sack.
has his wild up: is angry.
hearing cheat: ear.
hearing cheats: ears.
heartface: wellbeloved.
her: him.
herd homies: herdmen.
hettie: straight.
hilda handcuffs: officers.
holy carsey: temple.
homie: man.
homie affair: husband.
homie affairs: husbands.
homie ajax: neighbour.
homie chavvie: son.
homie chavvies: sons.
homie palone: sodomite.
homie palones: sodomites.
homiekind: mankind.
homies: men.
homies and palones: people.
homieservant: manservant.
homieservants: menservants.
jarried: eaten, swallowed.
jarries: devours.
jarriest: eatest.
jarrieth: feedeth.
jarry: eat, swallow.
joggering homie: minstrel.
joggering homies: musicians.
journo: day.
kapello: cloak.
kenza: twelve.
kerterver coddy: sickness.
kertervered: sinned.
kerterverers: sinners.
kertervereth: sinneth.
kertervering: sinning.
kertervers: sins.
kertever: sin.
kosher homie: jew.
kosher homies: jews.
ladies: lords.
lag: slave.
lags: slaves.
lall: receive.
lalled: received.
landladies: publicans.
landlady: publican.
lattie: house.
lattie on water: ship.
latties: houses.
latties on water: ships.
lau: send.
laued: delivered, sent.
laueth: putteth.
lav: word.
lavs: words.
lell: take.
lelled: laid, taken, took.
lelleth: taketh.
lett: abide, dwell, lay, sit.
letted: abode, dwelt.
letteth: abideth, dwelleth, liveth.
lettie: rest.
lettied: slept.
letties: rooms.
lettieth: lieth.
letting: abiding.
letty: sleep.
lily law: pharisee.
lily laws: pharisees.
long dedger: eleven.
lube: oil.
lubed: annointed.
lucoddy: body.
lullaby cheat: infant.
lullaby cheats: infants.
lupper: finger.
luppers: fingers.
lycra: linen.
mais oui: certainly.
manjarry: food.
manky: filthy.
manly alice: strong man.
manly alices: strong men.
maria: seed.
medzer: shekel.
medzered: divided.
medzers: shekels.
meshigener: madness.
meshigener carsey: church.
meshigener carseys: churches.
meshigener muttering: prayer.
meshigener mutterings: prayers.
metties: wealth.
mille: thousand.
milles: thousands.
mince: tread, walk.
mince butchly: march.
minced: walked.
mincedst butchly: marchedst.
minces: walks.
minceth: treadeth, walketh.
mincing: walking.
mincing butchly: marching.
mogue: deceive.
mogued: deceived.
mudge: crown.
mudges: bonnets.
munge: darkness.
munged: darkened.
mungen: darken.
naff: grievous, philistine, wicked.
naffness: wickedness.
naffs: philistines.
nana: evil.
nanas: evils.
nanna: terrible.
nanti: without.
nanti bona: heathens.
nanti charver: virgin.
nanti charvers: virgins.
nanti dinarly: poor.
nanti dowrier: lesser.
nanti dowriest: least.
nanti dowry: less.
nanti nellyarda: deaf.
nanti polari: dumb.
nanti riah: baldness.
nanti sparkle: unclean.
nanti varda: blind.
nanti wallop: lame.
nanti zhoosh: nakedness.
nellier: weaker.
nelliest: weakest.
nelliness: weakness.
nelly: weak.
nellyarda: listen.
nellyardad: listened.
nishta: neither, no more, nor.
nishta ajax: afar.
nishta cackle: silence.
nishta dinarly: poverty.
nishta dowry: few.
nishta kosher homie: gentile.
nishta kosher homies: gentiles.
nishta lucoddies: souls.
nishta lucoddy: soul.
nishta manjarry: fast.
nishta manjarryings: fastings.
nishta parnie: drought.
nishta smoke: wilderness.
nishta sparkle: uncleanness.
nishter: nothing.
nishter ajax: far from.
nishter bevvied: soberly.
nistha manjarrying: fasting.
nix: do not.
nix munjarlee: famine, hungy.
nix munjarlees: famines.
no flies: in truth.
nobber dacha: ninety.
nochy: night.
nylon: sckcloth, woolen.
ogle: eye.
ogle riders: eyebrows.
ogles: eyes.
omee: male.
otter dacha: eighty.
otterth: eighth.
palaver: fight.
palavered: fought.
palone: female, woman.
palone affair: wife.
palone affairs: wives.
palone chavvie: daughter.
palone chavvies: daughters.
palone servant: maidservant.
palone servants: maidservants.
palones: women.
pannan: bread, manna.
parker: give, sacrifice.
parkered: gave, given, paid.
parkerest: recompensest.
parkering: offering, reward.
parkering ninty: wages.
parkerings: offerings, rewards.
parkers: sacrifices.
parnie: weep.
parnied: wept.
parniest: weepest.
plate: foot, hoof.
plates: feet.
pogey: small.
pogier: smaller.
pogiest: smallest.
polari: tongue.
polaris: tongues.
princess: prince.
princesses: princes.
punters: congregation.
quarter: four, fourth.
quarter dacha: forty.
quarterfold: fourfold.
rattling coves: chariots.
reef: touch.
reefed: touched.
reefeth: toucheth.
reefing: touching.
reefs: touches.
riah: hairs.
roundhead: circumcised.
say dooe: eight.
say dooefold: eightfold.
scarper: flee.
scarpered: escaped.
scharda: shame.
schmutter: apparel.
schooner: bottle.
schooners: bottles.
schvartza: Ethiopian.
scotch: leg.
scotches: legs.
screech: call, cry, declare, mouth, shout.
screeched: called, cried, declared.
screeches: cries, mouths.
screecheth: calleth, crieth.
screeching: crying, shouting.
screeve: write.
screeved: written, wrote.
screeving: writing.
sea queen: fisher.
sea queens: fishermen.
serving homie: servant.
serving homies: servants.
setter: seven.
setter dacha: seventy.
setterfold: sevenfold.
setterth: seventh.
sey: six.
sey dacha: sixty.
sey trey: nine.
sey treyfold: ninefold.
seyfold: sixfold.
seyth: sixth.
sharda: sorrow.
shardaful: sorrowful.
shardas: sorrows.
sharper: steal.
sharpered: stole.
sharpering homie: thief.
sharpering homies: thieves.
she: he.
sherry: wine.
sister: brother.
sisters: brethren.
slap: smite.
slapped: smote.
slapped up: painted.
slappest: smitest.
slappeth: smiteth.
slapping: violence.
sling yer hook: go in peace.
slingback: shoe.
slingbacks: shoes.
smellie: perfume.
smelly: incense.
smoke: city.
smokes: cities.
snuff it: die.
snuffed it: died.
snuffeth it: dieth.
spanglies: vanities.
spangly: vanity.
sparkle: light.
sparkles: lights.
sparkleth: cleanseth.
stiff: dead.
strillers: haps.
sweet: right.
sweet martini: right hand.
the rights: vengeance.
thews: sinew.
thumping cheat: heart.
thumping cheats: hearts.
titter: laugh.
tittered: laughed.
tittering: laughter.
tooting fakement: trumpet.
trey: three.
trey dacha: thirty.
trey-dewey-dacha: threescore.
treyfold: threefold.
troll: come, go, move, wander.
troll about: go about.
troll after: follow.
troll away: go away.
troll back to: return to.
troll by: pass by.
troll down: descend.
troll forth: go forth.
troll nishta away: go not away.
troll not: go not.
troll off: depart.
troll on: lead on.
troll out: go out.
troll over: pass over.
troll up: ascend.
trolled: came, gone, moved, went.
trolled after: followed.
trolled back: returned.
trolled back to: returned to.
trolled by: passed by.
trolled down: descended.
trolled off: departed.
trolled up: ascended.
troller: sojourner.
trollers: sojourners.
trollest: goest.
trolleth: cometh, moveth, sojourneth.
trolleth back: returneth.
trolling: coming, running.
trolling down: descending, descent.
trolling fakement: staff.
trolling lettie: tent.
trolling letties: tents.
trolling up: ascending, ascent.
trollover: passover.
trundling cheat: chariot.
twinkling fakement: star.
twinkling fakements: stars.
una: one.
unfabe: unholy.
up my lattie: under my roof.
up the duff: with child.
varda: behold, look, see, watch.
varda the lavs: read.
varda-eth: looketh.
varda-ing fakement: witness.
vardad: saw, seen, spied.
vardaest: preceivest.
vardaeth: seeth.
vardaeth the lavs: readeth.
vardaing: seeing, sight.
vardaing the lavs: reading.
vardest: seest.
wallop: dance.
walloping: dancing.
wild: anger.
zelda: witch.
zhoosh: clothes, pearls.
zhooshed: dressed.
zsa zsa: punish.
zsa zsa-ed: beat, punished.
zsa zsa-ing: punishment.