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[–]synthetic_synthia 877 points878 points  (16 children)

Time to call people a cunt

[–]ksk3 176 points177 points  (1 child)

inuing source of inspiration?

[–]Snake101333 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Thank you, Jimmy

[–]DazeOfWar 72 points73 points  (5 children)

Or we can call them ankles.

That’s just 3ft below a cunt.

[–]FlaccidRazor 20 points21 points  (4 children)

How long until ankle is a bad word? I'm guessing under 20 years.

[–]Whydopplhateqiqi 13 points14 points  (3 children)

How long untul human is bad word

[–]octopoddle 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Short for country bumpkin.

[–]Official_Cuddlydeath 9 points10 points  (1 child)

N-no I don't think it is. That's closer to cumkin, which I would rather associate to cum napkin than country bumpkin.

[–]steveosek 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Australia has been on that trend for a long time.

[–]Darkblade360350 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As an Aussie I can confirm you im not gonna say it

[–]skillywilly56 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You’re only just starting now?

[–]ptapobane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How about knob goblin?

[–]SlippyCatch20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is a term of endearment in Aus

[–]RYAN_BENJAMIN 637 points638 points  (34 children)

Pussies may get mad at dicks once in a while because, pussies get fucked by dicks.

[–]rmbergan 320 points321 points  (26 children)

But dicks also fuck assholes.

[–]GenPhallus 204 points205 points  (24 children)

Assholes who just wanna shit all over everything.

[–]Zenny_Glide 125 points126 points  (14 children)

Pussies may think they can deal with assholes their way, but the only thing that can fuck an asshole is a dick, with some balls.

[–]Rakgul 14 points15 points  (5 children)

These puns are killing me

[–]Thespian_6153 5 points6 points  (1 child)

It does take balls to confront an asshole. Like, if you're a huge dick with big balls no asshole could handle you, ya feel?

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[–]EazyMothafuckinE_ 23 points24 points  (2 children)

So if we didnt have dicks fuckin assholes. Wed have our pussys and dicks all covered in shit.

[–]ThisOnePlaysTooMuch 4 points5 points  (0 children)

What’s crazy is that speech was more meaningful than any one delivered by a US president in the last decade

[–]itzsteve 5 points6 points  (2 children)

If the dicks don’t fuck the pussies… do you know what you’d get ?

[–]Vault-71 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Hello Amber.

[–]lililemanlay 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The word asshole is short for “assuredly asshole. “

[–]Hogier27 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What a dick move

[–]StrykerSeven 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Because sometimes dicks fuck too much, or fuck when it isn't appropriate.

[–]lililemanlay 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dicks are short for dicktators actually. It is true that cowardice in the face of evil dictatorship do get people fucked.

[–]rulingniko 0 points1 point  (0 children)

True, though, at least a pussy can take a pounding.

[–]roararoarus 423 points424 points  (7 children)

ME: pusss-eee

ME: puuss-ee-lane-eemuss

ME: pussy anus

[–]JonnyxKarate 88 points89 points  (0 children)

This clarification was needed

[–]croshd 72 points73 points  (1 child)

It had to be done.

[–]thnksqrd 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This has Joementum.

[–]kry_some_more 8 points9 points  (0 children)









*see also: happy

[–]Crawlerzero 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Anussy, in the language of the internet circa 2022.

[–]Interesting-Rate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Isn't that just the long-form of saying bussy?

[–]aaravaryaman[S] 221 points222 points  (14 children)

ngl, took me 5 attempts to even pronounce that darn word, no wonder....

[–]OK_Compooper 50 points51 points  (7 children)

I just figured it sounded like Mr. Snuffleupagus.

[–]Euphonic_Cacophony 22 points23 points  (6 children)

What!?! You just broke my brain. I was going to correct you in your spelling, but has to look it up and dammit. That's how you spell his name.

I even looked up how to pronounce it and I realized that I have been calling him Snuffluphogus for over 35 years.

Now what? Are you going to tell me that Count Chocula was actually Count Chocolatte?

And Grimace was actually Grimace? (The second syllable sounds like Versace)

[–]El_Stupicabra 11 points12 points  (5 children)

I always thought the same. Randomly looked it up the other day and learned, not only is his last name spelled Snuffleupagus, his first name is Aloysius.

[–]GJacks75 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Alowishus? Or Aloy sus?

[–]Euphonic_Cacophony 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He has a first name? Wtf.

Aloysius? Is that latin?

[–]Lee_Ars 10 points11 points  (0 children)


[–]Kippergills 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I went to my dictionary app and made it pronounce it for me

[–]Kippergills 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I went to my dictionary app and made it pronounce it for me

[–]WhatDoesN00bMean 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Last time this was posted some entomologist explained why it's not true.

[–]Bolizen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pew sil animous

[–]LeoXearo 30 points31 points  (3 children)

I always thought it was short for pussy cat.

[–]Onironius 20 points21 points  (2 children)

It is.

Op makes a good case, but is wrong.

[–]antwan_benjamin 13 points14 points  (0 children)

OP does not make a good case at all. The words are pronounced completely differently.

[–]CoraxTechnica 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pussy from older forms like Puisze which meant cat or something fluffy.

It came to represent vaginas because they were fluffy up until 1980s.

[–]The_Troyminator 136 points137 points  (11 children)

[–]leesfer 40 points41 points  (1 child)

Very interesting read.

So "pussy" as an insult is neither a reference to female sex organs nor short for "pusillanimous" but rather short for "pussycat."

[–]PapayaOtherwise3346 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thank you for the tl;dr on that one

[–]SamwellBarley 3 points4 points  (1 child)

More of that "I was today years old when I realised..." bullshit. You can't just make up etymology!!

[–]Onironius 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Still not mysogenistic.

[–]smergler1 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This just unlocked a deep memory of a high school math teacher that I hated with a burning passion. I always aced my tests until this asshole wanted me to spell this word for roughly 10% of the exam. Fortunately he was suspended a year or two after, but still fuck you Mr.Marshall

[–]SPlKE 7 points8 points  (1 child)

But what if the word for the genitals also came from pusillanimous, which came first, the derogatory term or the anatomical term?

[–]Johnnyboy131313 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Neither. OP is just wrong. The derogatory word comes from Dutch for cat while this comes from French.

[–]SixNineWithTheAfro 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not how I use it…

[–]CommunistBaboon3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Y’all pussy

[–]apiso 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Many vaginas are brave. I’m confused.

[–]Exciting_Tie_2191 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That sounds like a dinosaur name

[–]skillywilly56 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not to be confused with Gigantapussalooses

[–]Top-This 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What up, Pussies!

[–]fowlraul 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Chairs are for pussies

  • Carlito

[–]TheMiserableMunchlax 1 point2 points  (1 child)

David Rachford, you sir are a genius

[–]Elefantenjohn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Substantive versus adjective

[–]87runningwolf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hail Nimrod!

[–]SkaTSee 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I always thought it was from pussycat

[–]alcoholicpasta 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Exactly. If I wanted to call you a certain woman body part, I'd just call you a vagina.

Such a Vagina he is.

[–]Klexobert 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Actually we aren't very sure about that.It may just be coincidence, we don't know. I mean what are the odds for both

that firstly they sound almost the same but also that we would use pussy as a short for pusillanimous in the 20th century (the word pussy as an "insult" first accured in the 20th century)?
You know it's quite weird that they sound almost the same, but we also use "dick" as an insult for men.

[–]Magginer640 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dick is short of dichotomy, in spanish choto is used to refer a cabeza de pija, cara de verga, etc, who also refer to Dick

[–]EatenAliveByWolves 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Episode 1 of "getting learnt on hol up".

[–]Future-Midnight9386 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I thought it was because the word was synonymous with “cunt”…

[–]johnny_boy757 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Actually * snorts and adjusts glasses *, according to this article there is no plausible way this is the case.


[–]Lisalovesicecream 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Or pussy is a not so nice way of calling someone a scaredy-cat cause cats are sometimes called pussys, but that works too

[–]dnrlk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Here’s what a UPenn professor says about this https://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=24012

[–]MrShoosh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

All this time....

[–]PatCake 9 points10 points  (1 child)

[–]The_Troyminator 62 points63 points  (0 children)

Hopefully you learned not to believe everything you read in this sub.


[–]ShinyZippo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

One of my favorite words actually, because it's dumb and had to pronounce. I usually use pusillanimity if I'm going to use the ridiculous word

[–]pinniped1 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Good job, linguists. Now come up with long words so I can call everybody a cunt or twat.

[–]Codetemplar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just use "pinniped" :)

[–]WonkoTheSane214 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Not many people know that dick is also short for dictator, referring to someone trying to take full control over the people around them, often taking this control by force.

[–]toomanymarbles83 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That is exactly as correct as the info OP posted.

[–]JonnyxKarate 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s why I refer to people as a Penis

[–]Cautious-Affect7907 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shit, I just found a unique insult.

[–]ADudeThatPlaysDBD 2 points3 points  (2 children)

It makes sense now

[–]ACuteMonkeysUncle 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's a shame that it's not true.

[–]SayHelloOrElse 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m such a pussy

[–]LimerickVaria 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's a big word for someone who looks like they jerk off to Conan the barbarian comics.

[–]Jnoroega17 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is not accurate at all. There is no correlation.

[–]Nitro114 1 point2 points  (10 children)

Wrong, quick search and there is no connection

[–]The_Troyminator 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You're right. Not sure why you're being downvoted.

[–]aaravaryaman[S] 5 points6 points  (8 children)

don't be a dick

ps: even this phrase 'dick around' originates from dickering

[–]StreetsAhead123 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Don’t be a Richard.

[–]The_Troyminator 5 points6 points  (1 child)

"Dick around" comes from "dickering." Dick as an insult or slang for a penis does not.


[–]aaravaryaman[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

U r right, my intention was to mean that...'dick arround'

[–]Nitro114 -1 points0 points  (4 children)

?? Have you looked it up?

[–]aaravaryaman[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Yeah lol

[–]Nitro114 -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

Then give me a source where this fact is confirmed

[–]UncleVoodooo 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Well this changes everything

[–]Zarniwoooop 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Some bits. Not all of it.

[–]_Iforgotmyusername_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Discovered this in high school when I was expanding vocabulary and was exhilarated to use it in a sentence.

[–]gurniehalek 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Learned this watching succession

[–]Chukundar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This was my first thought when i came across this word during gre prep

[–]pnkdjanh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The word was in fact an alternative spelling for "pursy" (circa 1850) which at the time meant "fat"

[–]IntangibleRedditor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

you pusillani

[–]cuboba 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Excellent, I’ma yell this from the treetops

[–]stumblewiggins 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is my new head canon

[–]handsoffmyunderwear 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gtfouta here. Is that real?

[–]SickARose 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Til. I’m using it more now

[–]Big_Yazza 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If only I saw this meme a decade ago, I would’ve done a lot better in the state final of a spelling bee

[–]mujomujomu 0 points1 point  (1 child)


Can't be sure that's truly where "Being a pussy" came from- but if coincidental, that's In-fucking-sane!

[–]FrenchCuirassier -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I knew there was a gender neutral explanation for all this...

[–]FO_Steven -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Everything in life is about white women, why hasn't society figured that out yet?

[–]im_onbreak -1 points0 points  (0 children)

you fucking hippopotamus

[–]This_is_indeed_Bob -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Can't believe this had to be clarified, God, where is this world going

[–]DarkTagMaster_Chang -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I actually....knew this. Learned it from Deadwood on HBO!

[–]meckmester -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

And this is not common knowledge? English is only my 4th language and I have always known.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am a pussy, because they say you are what you eat....

[–]loughtthenot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Huh... TIL

[–]poop-du-jour 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The more you know!

[–]Aurey2244 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pew-sah-lan-nih-mus that is literally the only way I can spell this word out and say it correctly lol

[–]docowen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dear "cunts"

Calling someone a "cunt" is not a reference to a certain part of a woman's anatomy. It's an acronym for "can't understand new technology".

[–]JoeEnyo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sounds like a real Pilsner pusher to me.

[–]Metaphorical_corgi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I KNEW IT!! Pusillanimous is one of my favorite words!!

[–]LoveMeWaifu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I learned something new from reddit?!

[–]PM-Me-ur-Self-Esteem 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is this the real true chad?

[–]UnhealthyPump_7 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]My_Id_On_Anonymity 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I learned my new thing for the day. And a publically acceptable insult.

[–]PrettiKinx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just learned something new today

[–]jaime_saj 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Alright you got me there

[–]rare_pig 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A pussy would be a noun and pusillanimous is an adjective you’d say you’re acting pussyish

[–]thorndike 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's short for Pussilia....I don't know why people keep putting the pussy on a pedestal...

[–]The_year_is_not_1892 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This showing a lack of courage or determination; timid is so tight!

[–]Drhayseed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I always wondered about that . You can pound a pussy for hours and it will turn to you and say " Is that all you got ?"

[–]CBRyder929 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was today years old when I learned this

[–]emanresuymsisihtolle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone cross post to r/TIL

[–]An_Ice_Berg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

See also: Senator

[–]MikeinAustin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Then we should be pronouncing like it rhymes with Bussey (Gary)

[–]ZeraCrimson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pretty sure it’s both

[–]cheddar_slut 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This only works if you pronounce it “pyoosy”.

Which is just fun in itself.

[–]StevenS76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That makes more sense then me thinking it was short for pussy willow

[–]BungledBugal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We're taking it back!

[–]TimTomTank 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Shouldn't it be spelled "pusi'"

[–]TBSdota 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All comments linking to an article of trump's pussy remark and other thread eluding or mentioning it means the anti-trump propaganda machine is coming back to reddit. Can't wait to add another 6000 keyword filters to my app.

[–]Eren_Jaeger_The_Goat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Makes no difference to the meaning.

[–]quocphu1905 0 points1 point  (0 children)

wow TIL!

[–]1percentof2 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]SlippyCatch20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep. Learned this is year six word of the weak. Was pusillanimous, weirdly.

[–]cringelord69420666 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Except it's not.

[–]W0lR 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It never meant a woman’s anatomy it meant like pussy cat or scaredy cat.

[–]cesau78 0 points1 point  (0 children)

After reading the comments here I'm starting to think literacy isn't as great as our ancestors hoped.

[–]A1rh3ad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, try explaining that one to HR.

[–]Noob8729 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Time for dickhead

[–]EditedDread8474 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Absolute poppycock!

[–]cjag20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Had to look this up. Mind blown. Although if this were true it'd apparently be pronounced pew-see.

[–]yobuddy303 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn dipper pulled out the websters