In Reply to: Bonnie Palones posted by David FG on April 15, 2010 at 08:52:
: : Where does "bonnie palones" come from? (I think it means 'girls' from the context I saw it in), what does it mean and how is it pronounced?
: The word 'palone' comes from 'polari' (variously spelt), a fuller description can be found here:
: A palone is indeed a girl, or woman.
: As for the 'bonnie/bonny' bit I would imagine that is either meant in its usual sense of 'attractive, pretty, lively' or could possibly be a mishearing of the Polari phrase 'omi palone' which literally means 'man-woman' and was used to mean (male) homosexual - especially an effeminate one.
: 'Palone' is pronounced pal-own, by the way.
Another thought occurs to me: it might be an alteration of 'bona' palone. Bona means 'good' (perhaps not surprisingly).