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Why is the vagina also known as "pussy"?

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2015-01-05 16:44

There appear to be a number of theories as to why the slang for the vagina (or perhaps more precisely, the vulva) is pussy. The most common derivation that I see in dictionaries and other resources is that it can be traced back to the Old Norse puss meaning "pouch" or "pocket". In that sense, it is not unlike the etymology of vagina which itself comes from the Latin vagina meaning "sheath" or "scabbard".

"Prime of place"

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2014-12-05 21:05

I've noticed a few people using the idiomatic phrase "prime of place" to denote the primacy of position in a group of things. For example, "My framed moustache-of-the-year certificate is given prime of place on the wall". While the idiom certainly appears to make sense, fits in quite well, and even sounds familiar, it is not really standard usage.

Why is a penis also called a cock?

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2013-04-12 00:25

Somebody asked me earlier today why a penis is also called a cock. I assumed that it had something to do with the rooster (the male chicken) being called a cock. While this is true, there's a little bit more to tell. Here's a brief investigation into the matter.

According to Etymonline:

Slang sense of "penis" is attested since 1610s (but cf. pillicock "penis," from c.1300);

What are the "la la la", "la dee da" bits in a song called?

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2013-02-28 01:37

I was trying to describe the lyrics of a song today and stumbled when I reached a section with a bunch of "la la la" bits. I suppose I could have well just termed them as la-la-la bits, but seeing as to how I apparently have all the time in the world (not my words), I decided to see if there was something a bit more definitive that I could use. A wittle googling later, I chanced upon the answer.

Descendants, The

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2012-07-12 00:39

Wife in a coma. Wife about to die. Negligent husband and father comes back into the picture. Two kids - a rebellious teenager and a 10 year old going through a phase. Teen informs father that wife was cheating on him.

Envy, jealousy, and puke: Why all green?

Submitted by Druss on Wed, 2012-06-13 11:12

I was wondering earlier why the predominant color of Islam is green. This led me to wondering why it's also associated with emotions like envy and jealousy. Here are a few of the fruits of my dig deep down into the "emerald mine of knowledge" that is the Internet.

From Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice:

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