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    pusilanimous -> pussy

    Are you sure of that etymology?  That would be quite interesting if true.

    But even if not, I always thought of "pussy" (in the cowardly sense) as coming from "pussy" (in the sense of cat or scardy-cat)... the association to female genitalia was never there for me.

    And anyway, "pussy" in the genital sense tends to have rather positive connotations, doesn't it?  That's the word tht most of the women I've dated have insisted upon --and most of them have been self-described feminists, I should add.

    As for "bitch" and "twat" as terms of derision on DKos, I admit that a prima facie case could be made for their misogynist character.  But people also use "prick," "dick," "bastard," and "asshole" [the latter, admittedly isn't gender-exclusive, but my sense is that it tends to have a more male connotation].  

    Does the use of masculine insults indicate that DKos is also man-hating?

    All that having been said, I don't use any of these terms myself --not for any gender-politics reason, but just because I don't think it sounds that good.

    "Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do." -Voltaire

    by Nate Roberts on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 01:03:42 AM PDT

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