In his song "Cont.", Tim Minchin uses two expressions I cannot find in a dictionary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmTexiEZmL8

Can somebody explain the meanings?

  1. "..., who lean on their horn..." (5:34)
  2. "talk camply" (6:04)

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To "lean on your horn" is to sound your car horn, usually aggressively.

"Camp" in this context means "effeminate". To "talk camply" is to talk in an effeminate manner.

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    To "lean on your horn" is a very common usage in American English. I don't think it needs a source. And in American slang, "camp" can mean a variety of things. But if you look at the actual lyrics, it's clearly the gay meaning of "camp", which I don't believe is quite the same as "effeminate", but it's close enough for government work. Nov 15, 2012 at 21:46

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