Thursday, March 08, 2007

Vagina ; Who came up with that name?

Saskboy has challenged bloggers to use the word Vagina in a post yesterday. I am a day late, but I have good exuse. So I was trying to think of some clever post about the word "Vagina". I tried to find out who named 'it' ;'that'. Come on, let's be real, 'Penis' is a much friendlier word. My hubby tells my son he has a wee wee, but I correct him and say son you have a 'Penis'. Why? Well I don't find the word so offensive. There are other names for a penis, but not so many as a Vagina. Why, again? VAGINA...eeeww. It is just so abrasive and out there. So other names have naturally won out other than the name of taken from the Vagina Monolouges "coochie, a hoo-hoo, a fluff ... actually, almost any word that could apply to a pet guinea pig seems fit for the job." So if this baby is a girl... I wonder, when it comes time to potty train, will she have a Vagina or a guinea pig?

UPDATE: Just found out the Latin name for Vagina means literally "sheath" or "scabbard" . Scabbard.. that sounds so.. pretty.


Hypersonic said...

I personally never need a challenge to mention vagina in any post I write. In fact I shall now start to write vagina in posts that have nothing to do with female genitalia! I think it's a wonderful word.

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Ellie said...

you gave me my first chuckle this morning!

Nicole said...

I hope if you have a baby girl you are able to claim the word vagina for her.
Just as she will have breasts, or ears, or toes, or nipples, or a torso, etc.

Maybe if you say Vagina 100 times outloud, it won't seem abrasive to you.

Ever wonder why you find it abrasive?
I totally feel like society has tried to make women feel like their body parts are dirty. Notice how men always try and brag about how big their penis is?
Women don't run around bragging about a great big vagina, now do we ( well, most of us don't)

and hey, without YOUR vagina, your baby wouldn't be coming here. Even if you have a still all happened in the good old, reliable VAGINA!!!!!

Nicole said...

Hypersonic...I think we are long lost friends!! :)

Ellie said...

Maybe abrasive wasn't the right word... I by no means find it shameful.. I just think they could of picked a better word. Just found out though the Latin root is Scabbard... so If I had to pick out of the two... I would shout that I had a Vagina from the roof top!

Nicole said...

We should shout it anyway!! :)

so what does penis come from in latin?

Nicole said...

We should shout it out anyway!! lol

so where does the word penis come from...did you look that up too?

Ellie said...

Penis .. Latin for penis, pene, penī

I thought pene was pasta and peni was a type of!

Ellie said...

nothing like a wet noodle

baaaawaaa ahaahhahahahahaha

Nicole said...

ooohhhh favourite noodles are low mein noodles..the are LONG and SKINNY....but VERY VERY tasty!!!!

Ice said...

I HATE the word vagina... I'd much rather call it my pussy or my cookie.

Vagina... that reminds me of an episode of Mercer, he was in Alberta talking to them about the 'rest' of Canada... of course, the people had nothing good to say about Ontario just that we're spoiled arrogant brats... bla bla but then he talked about 'Regina' and the person he was interviewing made mention to... "I don't like it because it sounds like Vagina, anything place that rhymes with a genital can't be good"

It was hilarious!

Ice said...

Vagina = baby chute... piss flaps... bikini burger etc etc.

Shit, I have a link at my place I need to upload here for you, Ellie... its many many ways to refer to the Cookie and actually gives a time circulation to when it was made up and used first and from what area... I'll do that a bit later.

Nicole said...

Hey Ellie, back in Oct., even Mick Jaggar yelled out to the crowd, how much he loved REGINA, how he would be back and even he mentioned...
REGINA...the city that rhymes with FUN.
Plus, REGINA had 2 sold out Stones shows in 2 it's all good.
If Mick even thinks Regina rhymes with fun...VAGINA is pretty damn cool.

Sara said...

what about the word cunt?

Ellie said...

Well at first I thought the word cunt was a no no... then I heard piss flaps..and cunt didn't phase me as much.

Ice said...

'Cunt' was a godess... nothing wrong with the word cunt... Piss flaps is hilarious!

Ellie said...

Oh come on... I never heard that one. The Cunt Goddess!!!

Now look what you did...time to internet research. I hope my IT department doesn't scan me right now!

Ellie said...

Cunt is an English vulgarism most commonly used in reference to the vulva or vagina, or, more generally, the region extending from the mons veneris to the perineum. The earliest citation of this usage appears in the Oxford English Dictionary, in reference to a London street known as "Gropecunt Lane," circa 1230. The word and prefix "cunt" have since been incorporated into the colloquial and technical speech of nautical and other occupational traditions.

You are referring to the oriental Goddess Cunti! Totally forgot about that:

cunt: Derivative of the Oriental Great Goddess as Cunti, or Kunda, the Yoni of the Uni-verse. (GR Scott, "Phallic Worship", p. 188). From the same root came county, kin, and kind (Old English cyn, Gothic kuni). Related forms were Latin cunnus, Middle English cunte, Old Norse and Frisian kunta, Basque cuna. Other cognates are 'cunabula', a cradle, or earliest abode; 'Cunina', a Roman Goddess who protected children in the cradle; 'cunctipotent', all-powerful (ie having cunt-magic); 'cunicle', a hole or passage; 'cuniculate', penetrated by a passage; 'cundy', a coverted culvert; also cunning, kenning and ken: knowledge, learning, insight, remembrance, wisdom.

So I guess when a guy calls you a cunt you can say...Why thank you I am a goddess aren't I...and what about you Dick?

e.Craig said...

Perhaps it's that I'm a product of the 1940s-1950s, but "vagina" and "penis" were always embarrassing words to me. I was well into adulthood before I could use those anatomically correct words semi-comfortably. I have never even used their "pet" names in polite company.

I am fascinated at learning the Latin derivation of vagina. I think it might lead to a great pickup line, "I'd love to place my sword into your sheath." OK ... would you believe pen knife?

Ellie said...

I had a boyfriend that called it his One Eyed Viper

Ice said...

Yep, told you... my mother told me cunt was a Godess sometime ago... and to be honest, even before that... the word never bothered me... I'm not one of 'those' girls.

Yes, I certainly hope your IT department doesnt spy on you today! lol

Good job researching... I had no patience or time to do so... but I knew it was a Godess. My mommy doesnt lie!!!

Nicole said...

Ellie said...
I had a boyfriend that called it his One Eyed Viper

I knew a guy who used to call it ...


Ellie said...


Did you ever hear "Come sit on my lap and we'll talk about the first thing that pops up"

Another favorite of my boyfriends lines.

RWA said...

Come on. You wouldn't actually even consider telling your daughter she had a "guinea pig," would you?

Ellie said...

of course not silly! It will be her froo froo fliffer fluff!

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