Actually it is a very old word<br />
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It comes from back in the 16th century when women were forbidden on the stage and female roles were played by young men wearing women's costumes, this was known as "camping". <br />
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That term evolved through early French strolling pla<x>yers and by the 1900's had taken on the meaning of acting or gesturing in an exaggerated manner - "he was camping it up" <br />
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There were a lot of gay actors around that time and "polari" from the Italian "parlare", "meaning to talk". A form of slang that was used by British actors, circus and fairground showmen, and adopted by criminals, prostitutes, and the gay subculture so they could talk without others undertsnading what they were saying - a secret language. <br />
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In polari to camp it up means to to mimick or exaggerate feminine gestures, behaviors, conversational styles and emotions, usually for the entertainment of others. So CAMP became associated with and used to describe gay men who mimicked women in an exagerated way, and has come to be used to describe all gay men

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from adolf hitler's mein campf book.

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