Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Dec 2012 22:03 UTC
Google A change to anything related to Google Search - the product so many of us rely on - is never going to go by unnotoced. This time around, Google has altered Image Search for US users to alter the way it handles that ever so important aspect of the web - adult content.
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RE[3]: About time
by henderson101 on Thu 13th Dec 2012 09:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: About time"
henderson101
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2006-05-30

"Pussy" used to be an exclusively American English term for the female reproductive area. British English used to use Fanny. We always knew the double meaning, but it wasn't the common word used as I was growing up at all. Now with the advent of internet Porn, it seems to be deeply routed in even our version language. It feel very false still to me, sort of kitsch, as it reminds me of a 70's UK comedy "Are you being served?" where an older lady would talk about her "pussy" the in joke was that we all knew the double meaning (but I swear that if it was ever commonly used here, it was out of favour the 80's.)

Edited 2012-12-13 09:59 UTC

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RE[4]: About time
by Neolander on Thu 13th Dec 2012 13:19 in reply to "RE[3]: About time"
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2010-03-08

Thanks for the explaination. Differences between British and American English are always a bit hard to grasp for foreigners...

(Funny though, "Fanny" used to be a widespread girl first name around here only a few decades ago...)

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RE[5]: About time
by henderson101 on Thu 13th Dec 2012 22:11 in reply to "RE[4]: About time"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Fanny in American English means "Arse"/"Ass" in general. It causes a lot of mirth, especially the term "fanny pack", which we call "bum bag".

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RE[5]: About time
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 15th Dec 2012 10:13 in reply to "RE[4]: About time"
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2006-12-05

The words "bush" and "beaver" are also sometimes used to refer to the same thing (especially with the presence of pubes), but those words are used less often enough that you'll be more likely to see plants and furry little critters if you search for one of those. The number of humorous sexual slang terms that also have a more "proper" meaning is pretty high, and quite a few tend to be named after animals.

It goes the other way too. Hell, just look at the entire naming scheme of things as common as electrical cables and connectors/jacks. The "male" connector goes into the "female" receptacle. When the two genders are combined, they are "mated." The whole thing is hilarious. Now if that's not based on something perverted, then I don't know what is!

Whoever named those should've been awarded some kind of comedy award, especially for using such sexually-suggestive terms throughout the entire process of something that probably everyone is familiar with. It happens to be more technical than most people care to know about, so people never tend to complain about it either.

Edited 2012-12-15 10:21 UTC

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