‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: What Does ‘Gorge’ Mean?

The RuPaul’s Drag Race queens are full of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent, some even earning the label “gorge” from the season 13 contestant, Gottmik.

What does “gorge” mean, and why are people like RuPaul using this word now? Here’s what we know about some terms popularized on RuPaul’s Emmy Award-winning reality series. 

Gottmik attends 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 13 Finale
Gottmik attends ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 13 Finale | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for VH1

Gottmik popularized the word ‘gorge’ during ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 13

She sported some iconic looks. Gottmik even had surprising comedy moments in the acting challenges and the Snatch Game. Gottmik was also known for her charisma, making RuPaul and the other contestants laugh with her unique words like “gorge.”

This word, short for “gorgeous,” became both an adjective and a noun. It was a term of endearment for Gottmik, although when other contestants impersonated Gottmik, it typically included using the word “gorge” with an L.A. vocal fry.

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There are a few unique words popularized by the ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ contestants 

Aside from phrases like “throwing shade,” “eleganza extravaganza,” and “reading for filth,” some of the contestants on this series created their own words, now used by some viewers. During one episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked, Gottmik added another word to the Drag Race dictionary. 

That was “gagatrondra,” which is when something is especially gag-worthy. Adore Delano of season 6 would interject “party” as a way to say something was good. 

Created by Widow Von’Du, “apololie” is another word for a fake apology. It was coined when two other contestants tried to apologize to her during RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked. When season 6 contestant Gia Gunn was feeling the fantasy, she would say she was “feeling my oats.”

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Gottmik made it to the Top Four of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 13

As one of the contestants on this reality competition series, Gottmik was the first transgender man to enter the Werk Room. She first made her mark as a makeup artist, sharing that she’s painted celebrities like Cindy Crawford, Todrick Hall, Paris Hilton, Heidi Klum, and Adam Lambert.

Along with her season 13 sisters, Rosé, Symone, and Kandy Muse, Gottmik landed in the finals. However, some fans suggest her legacy extends beyond this season. When it comes to what Gottmik wants viewers to take away from her appearance, it’s her message of inclusivity.

“Ten years from now, I truly want, no matter where you are on the gender or sexuality spectrum, ‘if you can get on RuPaul’s Drag Race’ won’t be a thing any more, gorg, sorry,” Gottmik said during an interview with Instinct Magazine

“Now we are all going to work… and fight so hard just so it is normal; just like another random gay man putting on a wig on the show,” she continued. “Every gender spectrum needs to get on there and tell their stories.”