SL Letter of the Day: Name That Poon

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@155 eww "coup" is "cut" in french.

I vote for "cunt" and "front-bum"
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@186 and 188 if you read the OED (the only dictionary that matters) they define quaint as an archaic word for the female external genitals and then reference the miller's tale and that of the wife of bath. yes, he was using it as a pun, but it is a pun that works on multiple levels.
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"Cunt" in the heat of the moment, "pussy" more generally in a sexual but not "do me right now" moment, "naughty bits" in polite company. Of course, my semi-sexual best friend talks about doing stuff to my "junk" and I find it adorable, but not sure I would from anyone else . . .
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I am glad that I have no such hang ups about my cunt that I can choose to call it that and not have to resort to making up such ridiculous names.
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Pussy for the hot and heavy in-the-act moment, lady parts for casual conversation. Cock for the hot and heavy in-the-moment act, dick for casual conversation.
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I don't like vaclabia. It sounds like it might rhyme with baklava. Or like it might be an unfortunate medical condition of the labia.
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All kinds of funny comments. thanks for making me spit coffee on the screen, team.

To the LW- the thing about cute, funny, private names for your partners genitals is that they are PRIVATE.

I don't like yours. But hell, you wouldn't like mine. (The genitals, or the nicknames, I imagine.)

Me
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this has already been figured out. the term with no baggage is "jane"
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a fine term in limited use (with no awful connotations to speak of) is "jane"
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This has been one of my favorite Savage Love threads ever - who'd have thought the nomenclature for [insert your preferred female genitalia descriptor here] would generate such a raucous discussion?
My personal favorites are: MANGO (juicy,sweet,sexy,silly) and KUMA (that was a new one to me and I love the mouthfeel of it, although it also makes me think of kumbaya, which is an odd connotation).
As for what I actually use: Nether-regions/bits/parts in semipolite company, vagine or vagina (but always in a half-joking manner) with my beau, and pussy or cunt in my head during fantasytime. But never out loud!
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And thank you for mentioning QUIM! I'd forgotten about that one - has anyone else read The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman? That's what introduced me to the term. What a fucked story line!
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One more:

Clunge!

Sounds like what it does, it clunges onto you. The word is neither terribly sexy nor particularly offensive, so not very useful except in casual conversation with close friends, sorry.
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I call mine a Gunya (pronounced "GOON-ya").
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This has been a fun thread, and I have liked hearing or learning of such clever names.

I always enjoy neologisms--and the level of this discourse, being a Slog discourse, is impressively high at times, too. All the etymologies, people discussing the origins of "queynte," side conversations in Danish.

But it's actually kind of sad that people feel so uncomfortable with their genitals that they deliberately come up with alternate words. I mean, no one wonders what he should call his elbow because the word is so full of negative associations; I've never heard a woman say she hates the word "neck" to describe that part of her body and is trying to find an acceptable substitute.
Without getting too "Womyn's Studies" about it all, I do think that there is a lot of internalized misogyny at play when women are more uncomfortable with all the words for their words for their genitals and feel so negatively about them. It's one thing to come up with a funny, or clever word for fun, or to bestow a nickname on a partner's genitals; it's another to be actively disgusted by common words such that you feel the need to create a euphemism.

I also think it is interesting that while "dick" and "prick" can be used neutrally as a body part name, they are also pejoratives, whereas "cock" has no negative usages. I mean, we can call someone the cock of the walk or describe him as cocky, but that means he's over-confident and has a bit of swagger, not necessarily always bad things--and arguably, sexy, too, to some people. But while there are similarly negative usages for "pussy" and "cunt," there is no equivalent to "cock" for a woman's vagina--that is, a vulgar word that is sexy and doesn't have a derogatory usage, let alone one that connotes super-confidence. Or do we, and I am just forgetting about it?

And lastly, can we stop with the prevalence of "junk?" Junk is garbage; junk has no value; junk is something I want to get rid of; junk is often broken stuff. Junk is almost worse than vaclabia.
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I'm partial to "Lawrence of Alabia."
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"Vaclabia" sounds like some obscure electronic instrument that a band like Kraftwerk might have used in the 1970's.

All things considered, I say stick with pussy.
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Vaclabia is awful. It sounds much more technical than vagina.

And pussy is creepy? Never heard that from a woman (a straight woman) before. Is that a lesbian perspective?

Among the women I've been with, those who have been fine with cunt have been the sexiest and most open lovers. Perhaps a lack of inhibition with words translates to a lack of inhibition overall?

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216/nocutename: . . . whereas "cock" has no negative usages [...] there is no equivalent to "cock" for a woman's vagina--that is, a vulgar word that is sexy and doesn't have a derogatory usage, let alone one that connotes super-confidence. Or do we, and I am just forgetting about it?

nocutename, there is a way that cock is used pejoratively -- in the British term "cock-up": a blunder, a confused situation -- but few Americans use that term (or have even heard of it) and it's not the same level of negativity as in using it as a noun, like referring to someone as "a dick" or "a prick."

I've always preferred hearing "cock" from a woman instead of "dick" or "prick." To me, "cock" has a more robust and sexy sound to it but perhaps my preference also stems, subconsciously, from what you noted: that there is no pejorative use for "cock."

And you're right, there isn't any equivalent to "cock" for a vagina. It would be nice if there was one.

I completely agree with your disdain for "junk." A horrible term.

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Roma: I forgot about cock-up! But it's still not the same thing. You don't call a person you despise a cock-up.
A blunder can be a cock-up, but that connotes a mistake, a disaster sometimes beyond one person's jerkiness. Contrast that to the phrase "dick move," as in, "that was a total dick move."

I much prefer "cock," and like "cunt"--the two go together. It's the hard "c," which is also part of "fuck." They are all very satisfying, not only as signifiers, but also as signifieds as the post-structuralist kids were all saying about 20 years ago.
(In other words, I like the words themselves almost as much as what they stand for!)

You're right: "cock" is robust. And who wants a wimpy male member?
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nocutename, yes, I know that "cock-up" isn't the same thing as calling someone "a dick." I was merely pointing out that it's a way in which "cock" does have a pejorative meaning. It's quite interesting that cock never came to have the same kind of negative meaning that dick, prick, pussy and cunt have.

You're right: "cock" is robust. And who wants a wimpy male member?

Certainly not me! But even though we find the sound of "cock" to be more robust, other guys (and women) may feel that way about "dick" or "prick." After all, those rhyme with "thick" so some people may have that association.

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Roma: I also like "prick" for variety's sake!
But cock is preferred.
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217/Jo4nna, I love "Lawrence of Alabia"!

105/sea otter: I wonder if the perceived offensiveness of "cunt" has anything to do with it being a monosyllable with hard consonants, unlike the neutral - sounding "vagina" or the slithery "pussy." It's weird how just the sound of a word can affect you emotionally.

That might have something to do with it. "Cunt" does have a much more sharp/harsh sound to it than the other two words. However, I suspect the great dislike of it by many women stems from the fact that it's also used a harsh put-down of women. "Pussy" is used as a put-down too, but it's one that is pretty much used only against men.
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nocutename, I don't like "prick" for two reasons: (1) I associate prick with being pricked by a needle and a needle is skinny, and (2) it has that "ick" sound. But, that's just me. I'm sure you've been with plenty of guys who like hearing it.
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Vulva. Vulva vulva vulva vulva vulva. Vulva vulva. Vulva. Vulva. If we had decent sex-ed in the US, LW would already know this.

Vulva.
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Doesn't the use of "vaclabia" suggest that male parts are "pescroticles" (penis+scrotum+testicles)?
Or would "peglotum" (penis+glans+scrotum) be more consistent?
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I like vulva, but its not that fun to say, and I can't imagine using it in conversation with my best friend...

How about"chacha"? Like in that Missy Elliott song, "Call before you come I need to shave my chacha"
I may actually start using this in conversation (I usually end up opting for "vag" but hate perpetuating inaccuracies).

But alternately I can live with kitty.
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@ 162 - thanks for reminding the world that a vulva IS NOT a vagina. I can't tell you how many times I've seen some guy ogling a centerfold & saying - oh, she has one hot vagina, or similar. & I'm like, how d'ya know, have you been up there w/ a speculum? Makes me sorry for their girlfriends. I will beat that drum forever, vulva is a good word.

That's the more official term for the exterior parts. Also acceptable - "the kitty", "ladyparts/ladybits", & having read the above, I kinda like some of the foreign words. But vaclabia? NO plz.

MAKE THIS A SLOG POLL.

*ahem* Thank you.

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Personally, I agree with Dan on the vaclabia thing. To me it sounds like an eastern european region where they pull their cars with donkeys. Growing up we referred to it as a cootchie, but now that I'm grown up I find it hard to call mine that since I don't want to feel like a 5 year old when I'm talking about it. Personally, I think that people over-think the whole issue and are only squeaked out or offended because they have't quite come to terms with having one and talking about it. I love mixing it up and embracing all the wonderful terms there are out there and will happily tell my friends to "jam out with their clam out"

But as for what other languages call it: interestingly in both German and French you can refer to your "pussy" as just that: both "die Muschi" (German) and "la chatte" (French) can mean both the female genitals as well as a cat. One of the cutest phrases I've heard in German is "Mumu", but unfortunately that doesn't work as well in English as it reminds people of the Hawaiian dress. The more offensive German name for it is "Fotze", but that gets used so often to describe someone as a bitch that hardly anyone bats an eye when someone says it, a bit how people use cunt in the UK.
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Muff.

How has no one brought up muff yet? I admit it has a strong male point of view, but so does vagina (sheath).

No one owns swords any more these days. Muff is the perfect transliteration of the latin word vagina for modern times.
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Charlene Harris used "yahoo palace",

but I like "hoorah palace"

Peace.
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Tom Robbins used Peach fish which while clever implies a really negative odor unless you mean fresh fish! Also, I had a lover that affectionately called it my fur piece. I like yoni and though it brings to mind hippies, well, I am one of the oldest at 75 and don't feel the reference is a negative one. Naughty bits cracked me up being a Monty Python fan. BTW do you think that "Monty Python" is a term for the male Naughty bits? Monty as in "The Full Monty" and python implying the male snake like naught bit? Or is this just too obvious and I'm just slow?
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Delta of Venus.
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How about "Doug"?
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To quote a friend of mine, Phillip the Foole:

Wabbly bits. Wa like a baby crying, y like ee.
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@182 - Rosebuds are generally anuses. I hope you don't bleed from -that- once a month. D:
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My grandma (rest her soul) used to call lady bits "Francis". Imagine my shock the first time I met someone actually named Francis.

Another no vote here for vaclabia. It tries too hard and just doesn't make the grade. But hey, LINY and her partner can call theirs any damn thing they like. It's still a free cuntry.
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Sugar walls.
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I favour "Quim".

Yes, with a capital.
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@190: Not really: his doctorate was actually in art history...

@229: If it's a good centerfold, it'll have the labia spread wide so that you can actually see the actual vagina. And isn't that the whole point of porn?
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The LW is looking of a word to describe "a woman's genitals in a sexual sense that was positive and fun". Perhaps that request isn't quite clear enough because "in a sexual sense" can be in different settings. When speaking or writing about sex it can be done in far to many differents contexts for any one word to be apropos. Therefore, I'll construe "in a sexual sense" to mean while you are in the throws of passion.

In that regard, I perfer to eat a juicy "CUNT" or a hot, wet "PUSSY". When fucking, I perfer to bottom out deep in your tight little "CUNT" or to stretch that tight little "PUSSY" with my big fat COCK. So let's say that for me I'm down with CUNT or PUSSY as "words to describe a woman's genitals in a sexual sense", and I use them interchangably within the same encounter.

To the contrary, I have no desire to lick your "LADY BITS", or finger your "VAJAYJAY", cram my cock in your "CUNNIE", shoot my load in your "PUNANI" (isn't that a sandwich at Panera?), and if you think I'm gonna suck your "FNARF" juice out of you, you're nuts. Now take out "LADY BITS, VAJAYJAY, CUNNIE, PUNANI AND FNARF" from the sentences above and insert either "CUNT" or "PUSSY" in either place and they work just perfectly!

Oh yeah, and unless I'm in a gangbang with Frankenberry, Count Chocula and Boo Berry, I have no interest in you sitting your "VACLABIA" down on my face!
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@231 "Muff" doesn't work in cold climates, of course. ;)
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"Kuma" in Swahili, papaya is a good ole Spanish euphemism.
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I agree with the letter-writer -- most of the slang for women's bits leaves something to be desired. I don't like vaclabia, either, though -- it sounds as silly/ vaguely offensive as most of the euphemisms or scientific labels.

I just call them, "Mah bits," with a faux-southern accent. It's not perfect, but meh. I honestly don't thing any really positive slang for women's bits will be catching on any time real soon -- I mean, in the historical sense of "soon," yeah, maybe in a few decades. But right now, the feminist movement is (historically) still pretty young, and we're still dealing with a lot of socially ingrained patriarchy and male privilege. I mean, look at the word, "Bitch." Some guys can't see anything wrong with it; some feminists have decided to "reclaim" it and proudly term themselves bitch. Some women feel conflicted about it -- they may call another woman a bitch, even in complimentary terms, but hate being called a bitch themselves. I read a quote that said something about how when women are acting within a socially acceptable context, they're referred to in feline terms -- pussy, sex-kitten, even cougar. It's only when a women is perceived as "stepping out of line" that she's referred to in canine (typically male) terms -- a "bitch."

If we can't even agree, as a society, on whether or not the word "bitch" is empowering or degrading, or what context it's okay in, how in the world are we supposed to come up with a brand new, catchy, sex-positive term for women's bits?

I say we just normalize and destigmatize the terms we have. Words have changed before, and they'll change again.
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@ 241 - what is a good centerfold is subjective, but my understanding of anatomy is that the vagina is the inside, the tube, which accepts dildos/cocks/fingers, etc & sometimes pushes out babies. The labia is the outer bits. Let's have a gander at a medical illustration: (link NSFW!)

http://catalog.nucleusinc.com/generateex…

So more hardcore porn, where they open all the way up & show you the money - sure, you can see the opening of a woman's vagina. But the external stuff is the vulva, mons, labia, etc.

I guess it all depends on the magazine or website in question, Black Rose. ;) Me, I sometimes don't need a pinup to be all the way naked, even, for me to think she's hot. (Also NSFW) - http://tinyurl.com/3sgtld7
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Haven't read the billionty or so replies, but... there is a word you could use to describe the female genitalia that includes, the vagina, labia, and clitoris... how about VULVA!
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Next time, read the billionty or so replies. Maybe that way you won't look like such a fuckwit.
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Chocho sounds adorable. If it had been around when I was growing up I might even be straight now.

Nah. But I'd giggle and picture a conga line of lesbians whenever I'd hear a kid refer to a choo-choo train.
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After sex last night I thought of comment 242 here and laughed hysterically, in particular the part about 'fnarf.'
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I'm all for people calling it whatever the hell they want in their bedroom. Make something up if you want, but I wouldn't count on your slang term going national. I say "pussy" in bed because that's what my boyfriend prefers. I like "cunt" when I'm in the mood to swear about my genitals. When not in a sexual situation, "lady parts" or "bits" get the idea across when you're trying to be casual but not medical. Of course, medically accurate words at the doctor.

After seeing this, though, I'm rather fond of the "Downtown Dining and Entertainment District."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgEXRKIZR…
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Interesting subject; first impressions are everything and my initial thought is I do not like the new word. It makes me feel like I am at the gyno doc.

As a young Latina woman, while growing up I learned the following term from my best friends family and I have always called my pussy my "Panoche" pronounced Paw-Noh-Che.... This has now evolved into "noche" pronounced Noh-Chee when we (my best friend and I) speak to our young daughters and as a woman I like it when my Man-Man BF calls refers to my pussy as my "Xoche" pronouced Choach in our own conversations. LOL

But when I'm fucking him I am thinking in my head -how amazing it is that his big fat COCK is in my PUSSY!

So the initial part of my comment is more of a household term whereas the stimulating choice of mine would be utilize the sexy terms PUSSY or CUNT which I never used when younger so when I do now, I feel like a WOMAN.
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foof.