Crying Game

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the 1992 film The Crying Game, which features a scene in which a man discovers that his lover, implicitly presented up to that point as a cis woman, is in fact a pre-op/non-op trans woman.

Noun[edit]

Crying Game (uncountable)

  1. (informal, often used attributively) A situation in which something or someone is revealed to be other than assumed/expected to be, particularly with regard to gender identity.
    • 2002, David Payton, I Dreamed I Killed Osama Bin Laden, Trafford (2002), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      Man, what a way to pop a balloon full of promise! It was like waiting to be with the girl of your dreams and you end up in the Crying Game.
    • 2004, "Hands on Microsoft's Windows Media Player 10", Maximum PC, September 2004, page 15:
      We copped a feel of the technical beta of Microsoft's Windows Media Player 10, and beneath the slick new interface we found a Crying Game-scale surprise that has the potential to lure insatiable music grazers away from iTunes (which has now sold more than 100 million tracks).
    • 2015, Harlan Coben, Missing You, Dutton (2014), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      “Fair enough. So you didn't know I was a man?”
      “I'd guess you'd call this my personal Crying Game moment.”
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Crying Game.