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Question #5526 posted on 05/10/2004 12:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
What IS the origin of the word metrosexuals?
- Pokey the hypochondriac

A: Dear Pokey the hypochondriac,

The word metrosexual was coined by British writer Mark Simpson way back in 1994. He says he didn't use the word entirely seriously. The "metro" refers to the typically urban lifestyle and the "sexual" part makes the word into a play off of homosexual, suggesting that although the metrosexual is typically straight, he embodies certain characteristics generally attributed to gay men. The word itself drifted around in the media a bit for several years, but didn't really take off until 2002, when Simpson wrote an article about metrosexuals for the online magazine Salon.com.

-The Grad Student