Word of the moment: Pussy

pussy (n.2)
slang for “female pudenda,” 1879, but probably older; perhaps from Old Norse puss “pocket, pouch” (compare Low German puse “vulva”), but perhaps instead from the cat word (see pussy (n.1)) on notion of “soft, warm, furry thing;” compare French le chat, which also has a double meaning, feline and genital. Earlier uses are difficult to distinguish from pussy (n.1), as in:

The word pussie is now used of a woman [Philip Stubbes, “The Anatomie of Abuses,” 1583]

But the absence of pussy in Grose and other early slang works argues against the vaginal sense being generally known before late 19c., as does its frequent use as a term of endearment in mainstream literature, as in:

“What do you think, pussy?” said her father to Eva. [Harriet Beecher Stowe, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” 1852]

Pussy-whipped first attested 1956.

pussyfoot (v.) Look up pussyfoot at Dictionary.com
also pussy-foot, 1903, “tread softly,” from pussy (n.1) + foot (n.). As a noun from 1911, “a detective,” American English, from the nickname of U.S. government Indian Affairs agent W.E. Johnson (1862-1945), in charge of suppressing liquor traffic on Indian reservations in Oklahoma, who was noted for his stealthy tactics. Related: Pussyfooting; pussy-footed (1893).
pussy (n.1) Look up pussy at Dictionary.com
“cat,” 1726, diminutive of puss (n.1), also used of a rabbit (1715). As a term of endearment for a girl or woman, from 1580s (also used of effeminate men). To play pussy was World War II RAF slang for “to take advantage of cloud cover, jumping from cloud to cloud to shadow a potential victim or avoid recognition.”
pussy-willow (n.) Look up pussy-willow at Dictionary.com
1869, on notion of “soft and furry,” a children’s word, from pussy (n.1) + willow.
pussy-cat (n.) Look up pussy-cat at Dictionary.com
also pussycat, 1773, from pussy (n.1) + cat (n.).
wussy (n.) Look up wussy at Dictionary.com
1960s, probably an alteration of pussy (n.2). DAS suggests shortened from hypothetical pussy-wussy, reduplicated form of pussy (n.1).
wuss (n.) Look up wuss at Dictionary.com
1982, abbreviated from wussy.

Mike Damone: You are a wuss: part wimp, and part pussy
[“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” script, 1982]

Source: http://etymonline.com/index.php?search=pussy

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5 thoughts on “Word of the moment: Pussy

  1. Tarnished says:

    Pussies, vaginas, slits, vajayjays, beavers, penis pocket, tunnel of love, cavern of pleasure…whatever you want to call them, they’re great. :)

    Of course, I’d love it if society focused more on the vulva instead of just the vagina, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. :(

      • Tarnished says:

        I’d like for society/science to focus on the vulva more than the vagina because it would mean female genitals are studied and known for more than just being a “hole” (which is also incorrect…an unfilled vagina is soft and kinda folded similar to an accordion). There’s still a significant number of men and women who just think of female genitals as vaginas, and even most biology textbooks don’t point out the outer clitoris, much less the other 5-7 inches that make up the g-spot. I mean, if you’re going to still have idiotic teachers telling girls that vaginal orgasms are more “mature” or “better” than clitoral ones, at least teach them that vaginal orgasms are actually from your huge interior clit!

        It’d be like trying to teach about the male organs, but only talking about the scrotum.

      • Francis Roy says:

        “It’d be like trying to teach about the male organs, but only talking about the scrotum.”

        Interesting analogy.

      • Tarnished says:

        It’s a pet peeve of mine. The vagina is not analogous to the penis. The clitoris is.

        Both the penis and clitoris have “roots” that go deeper into the body and are somewhat attached to the pelvis…which is why both men and women can orgasm from deep pelvic massage.They both are made of the same type of tissues, both get significant erections, and are the most nerve-dense areas of the human body. Kneeing a girl on her clit with cause the same kind of debilitating, fetal position inducing pain as on a boy. (I should know, and I’ve compared feelings with my friends who’ve been kneed in the groin.) Heck, uncircumcised men and women both even have hoods/foreskins that are pleasurable to the touch, can’t freely move til puberty (or around that age), have to be cleaned of smegma, and retract during arousal.

        It annoys the hell out of me when people are like “oh yeah, vaginas are the feminine version of penises”.

        No. Wrong. Clits are.

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