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  •  yup (none)
    "Pussy" is a word with two discrete (IMO) meanings -- 1. female genitalia and 2. "afraid-ness", unwillingness to stand up to adversity, etc. etc. Of course you could argue that the second meaning is derived from the first, and that's what makes it offensive.

    Either way I can't stop saying it -- it's so ingrained in my vocabulary that it's like second nature (not so with "gay" though -- i never really picked that up). The other day I was walking with a friend and she was explaining why she thinks "bitch" is the most offensive word in the language, so on and so forth, and right off the top of my head I go "yeah but what if a dude is being a total pussy, and I call him a bitch, that's fine right?" as if that were not equally or more offensive (oops). Laughs were shared by all.

    pay no mind to us, we're just a minor threat

    by arb on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 06:12:35 PM PDT

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    •  Right (none)
      And don't forget about pussycat, which IMHO makes more sense than any of the connotations refering to female genitalia...

      The best part about your story was that laughs were shared by all... There's not enough of that in these types of discussions.

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