"Twat?"

Postby Dennis K on Sun Jun 10, 2001 9:07 am

Was Gabe just called a "twat"?<P>...If I recall correctly isn't that some slang for a certain part of female anatomy?<P>Such a potty-mouth on this girl!<P>^_~<P>------------------
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Postby Chief_Petty_Officer_Klerk on Sun Jun 10, 2001 10:44 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dennis K:
<B>Was Gabe just called a "twat"?<P>...If I recall correctly isn't that some slang for a certain part of female anatomy?<P>Such a potty-mouth on this girl!<P>^_~<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yes you are correct in that. It originally came from the UK.
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Postby Kip Grey on Mon Jun 11, 2001 8:10 am

I must admit, I was a bit taken aback to see this. Perhaps the insult Meaghan is looking for is "twit"? Even if it isn't, that's what I'll pretend it's supposed to be, to ease my troubled mind. O_o<P>------------------
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Postby Beta on Mon Jun 11, 2001 9:50 am

Maboo I can say with perfect honesty that you are indeed a font.<P>Thank you for clarifying and not making me get off my ass and find a dictionary.<P>Beta<P>
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Postby Maboo on Mon Jun 11, 2001 10:14 am

A little relevant quotation.... <P><CENTER>
"Then, owls and bats,
Cowls and twats,
Monks and nuns, in a cloister's moods,
Adjourn to the oak-stump pantry."
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From <i>Pippa Passes</i> (1841) by Robert Browning<P><i>"Browning had apparently somewhere come across the word twat - which meant precisely the same as it does now - but somehow took it to mean a piece of head gear for nuns. The verse became a source of twittering amusement for generations of schoolboys and a perennial embarrassment to their elders, but the word was never altered and Browning was allowed to live out his life in wholesome ignorance because no one could think of a suitably delicate way of explaining his mistake to him."</i>
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Postby Maboo on Mon Jun 11, 2001 10:19 am

Another little helpful note that might JUST conceivably clinically clarify things:<P>"Twat
A word of unknown origin for the vagina.
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Postby Maboo on Mon Jun 11, 2001 10:25 am

And before anyone asks: "How the hell did Browning manage THAT?", here's the explanation:<P>Browning had read the following couplet in a 17th century vulgar pamphlet: <P><i>They talk't of his having a Cardinalls Hat,
They'd send him as soon an Old Nuns Twat.</i><P>and, assuming a "twat" to be some kind of nunnish headwear, slipped it into the poem (from which also comes today's status line homily).<P>There's a town in Kentucky called Pippa Passes. D'u think the inhabitants of this place know their home is named after the first English classic to contain a four letter obscenity?<P>OK...<P><marquee><font size=7> <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/tongue.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"> And NOW you all know. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/tongue.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"> </a></marquee><P>------------------
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Postby NotoriousMEQ on Tue Jun 12, 2001 7:48 am

i'm surprised beta didn't know. have you learned nothing at your women's education??<P>we used to go around saying "don't make me use the c*** word!" which was pretty silly, as we were indeed using the word. but that may have been the years before we were graced with beta's presence at our school.<P>and yes, my characters CAN misuse words.<P>I call many of my guy friends "bitches". Just cos.<P>if i were going to use something like "twit", i would have used "nitwit" instead. but lets say this is a character choice... because that's what it is. (you DARE doubt the almighty author?? ^_~)<P>------------------
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