Thirst Trapping: Did You Participate in 'Kiss a Ginger' Day?

Monday January 17, 2022
Originally published on January 13, 2022

Did you kiss a ginger yesterday? If you did, you were aware that January 12 was the unofficial "International Kiss a Ginger Day."

"Ginger" is a term used to define people with fair skin and red hair.

"Ginger guys have a hard time of it. So much so that there's been talks of whether 'gingerism' is as bad as racism. (It's not by the way)," wrote the website sofeminine in 2014.

The term itself comes from England, where (according to Urban Dictionary) derived from the slang "ginger beer," which was code for the pejorative "queer." Another website, Mdc, went into more detail, saying that the term came from "Cockney rhyming slang," in which rhymed words are substituted for the offending one. "In this case the word "Queer" was replaced by "Brighton Pier", and after by "Ginger beer", then shorting to 'Ginger'. Similarly 'Queer' resulted in 'King Lear' which in turn resulted in 'Jere' and 'Gear' two slang for homosexual man."

Gingers, though, have taken the term for themselves, with many posting on Instagram to celebrate their looks. Here's a sample: