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Re: YAEPT: Australian Milo

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Saturday, July 1, 2006, 15:40
Tristan Alexander McLeay wrote:
> to me, wattle is a kind of tree and its flower, and the source of the green & gold of > Australia's sporting colors.)
The word "wattle" is also an anatomical term, referring to the bit of loose skin that hangs over the beak on a turkey, or below the chin on your older humans.
> (Incidentally, I never knew "twat" was a swear word, nor that it > referred to female genitalia. I just thought it was a bit of a light & > dated insult. Well within the range of what a teacher might say to a > student they considered mature in reference to someone else.)
Well, in the context, despite being a British show rather than American, it was definitely being used in the way I'm familiar with. The discussion of the different uses is quite apropos, in fact; the speaker was being called to task for using the word "cunt" (which was bleeped) in an email message, but in the context of calling someone a "silly cunt" in a teasing manner (unfortunately, he misdirected the email to an 8-year-old girl...). He protested that the C-word wasn't offensive in that context because he wasn't using it literally, and pointed out that he, in fact, never uses that word "to refer to the female twat". Which is, of course, a humorous and completely failed attempt at a polite circumlocution... -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>


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