• Origins of the word "Pussy".

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    Gentle giant [sign in to see picture]
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    I had allways assumed that it came from cat, as it is stroked and petted. Old Norse "Puss" = pocket. Old Saxon "Puse = vulva and Old English "Pusa"= bag.. Medieval French for a virgin or teenage girl was "Pucelle". I really like a Latin version "Pusillanimous" which in its true meaning is" tiny spirit". This has been twisted to used as cowardly/ lacking in courage.

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    That must be where the word 'purse' comes from too then I guess? Interesting, thanks GG!

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    Gentle giant wrote:

    I had allways assumed that it came from cat, as it is stroked and petted. Old Norse "Puss" = pocket. Old Saxon "Puse = vulva and Old English "Pusa"= bag.. Medieval French for a virgin or teenage girl was "Pucelle". I really like a Latin version "Pusillanimous" which in its true meaning is" tiny spirit". This has been twisted to used as cowardly/ lacking in courage.

    Very interesing!

    As a bit of a cat enthusiast, it's interesting to note that cats and women have long been linked - from the Egyptian goddess Bastet and hieroglyphs where cats were often shown sitting beneath the chairs of women, through witches and their cats, to today's crazy cat ladies! So I wonder if there's a bit of that in there too.

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    That's really interesting! I use the word puss sometimes, I think pussy sounds a bit vulgar, but it makes much more sense now you've discovered the origins.

    I think Alice is pretty spot on too. Female cats are called Queens, dating back from native Egyptian times, they were held in such a high regard. So maybe pussy is quite a flattering word after all?!

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    Look at the forum becoming all educational and historical!!!

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    Lovehoney - Stephanie wrote:

    That must be where the word 'purse' comes from too then I guess? Interesting, thanks GG!

    Hi Stephanie, yes spot on, then it moves on to a mermaids purse with a pearl in it.

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    Ooh - interesting! I like 'tiny spirit' - that's cute!

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    its really cute.

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    Very interesting read thanks.

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    Knowledge is power haha , nice bit of copy and paste there , I thought it originated from the bond girl pussy galore , as sean connery famously declared “I must be dreaming “

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    Gentle giant [sign in to see picture]
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    Wasn't Shaw I wanted to post this bit. The c word derived from kunte in old norse. Turned in middle English to mean prostitute and long before Soho their was an area in London called I kid you not" C#*grope lane".

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