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Zebra57
819312.  Wed May 25, 2011 7:50 pm Reply with quote

In Oklaoma there is a place called Beavers Bend

Pennsylvania has a Beaver Valley

The newspaper of the LSE students Union is The Beaver

 
suze
819496.  Thu May 26, 2011 12:19 pm Reply with quote

Having just been reminded of the existence of this thread, it occurred to me to wonder just why the word beaver is used to refer to the female genitalia.

Most dictionaries note that beaver was earlier used to refer to a man's beard, and thus suggest that it's all to do with the presence of hair. But an increasing number of women prefer to do without the hair, so if it's that the slang term should logically fall out of use.

Playboy once claimed - apparently seriously, although it's impossible to be certain - that this is not the true explanation. Supposedly, trappers stuck in log cabins for weeks on end used beaver pelts as aids to self-stimulation - and so the slang term is more literal than we ever knew. Plausible I suppose, but there's no real evidence.

If you ask me, these explanations are both wrong. The term beaver is used for the female genitalia because beavers eat wood ...

 
Zebra57
827371.  Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:12 pm Reply with quote

I include this quote from Bill Casselman's Words of the World

"Canada history magazine drops double-entendre name

Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:07pm EST

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canada’s second-oldest magazine, The Beaver, is changing its name because its unintended sexual connotation has caused the history journal to become snagged in Internet filters and has turned off potential readers.

The Beaver was founded in 1920 as a publication of the Hudson’s Bay Company, then a fur trader and now a department store chain. It has long since become a broader magazine about Canadian history and will change its name to Canada’s History with its April issue, editor-in-chief Mark Reid said on Tuesday.

When The Beaver started publication, the name evoked only Canada’s thriving fur industry. Ninety years later, the fur trade has diminished and the magazine’s name has become slang for female genitals.

Readers complained that Internet filters were blocking emails and newsletters from The Beaver, Reid said. The society also had concerns about attracting readers."

http://www.billcasselman.com/new_columns_2010/beaver_as_dirty_word.htm

 
suze
827500.  Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:07 am Reply with quote

Stephen Colbert took issue with the decision to change the title of that magazine to Canada's History, and asked his viewers to flood Urban Dictionary with rude meanings of the term "Canada's History".

Mr Colbert has been known to claim that he has personally Canada's History-ed Sarah Palin. He would go no further than to define it as a "a depraved act involving moose antlers, maple syrup, and the Stanley Cup"; there are plenty of more specific definitions available.

 
Jenny
827515.  Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:45 am Reply with quote

And there's always santorum - but I doffcock...

 
Qi madman
949113.  Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:38 pm Reply with quote

Apart from those on Autumnwatch, disappointing by the way Has anyone seen beavers elsewhere in Uk.

 
Zebra57
974833.  Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:16 pm Reply with quote

There is a "Secret Beaver" colony residing in the River Tay which was established in 2001.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/20152978

- Bondee?

 
AlmondFacialBar
974878.  Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:45 am Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
In Oklaoma there is a place called Beavers Bend

Pennsylvania has a Beaver Valley

The newspaper of the LSE students Union is The Beaver


The village where I grew up translates into Beavertown because of the beavers that used to live there and accordingly has a beaver as its crest.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Bondee
976019.  Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:14 am Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
Bondee?


Eh?

 
Oceans Edge
976068.  Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:23 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Having just been reminded of the existence of this thread, it occurred to me to wonder just why the word beaver is used to refer to the female genitalia.

Most dictionaries note that beaver was earlier used to refer to a man's beard, and thus suggest that it's all to do with the presence of hair. But an increasing number of women prefer to do without the hair, so if it's that the slang term should logically fall out of use.

Playboy once claimed - apparently seriously, although it's impossible to be certain - that this is not the true explanation. Supposedly, trappers stuck in log cabins for weeks on end used beaver pelts as aids to self-stimulation - and so the slang term is more literal than we ever knew. Plausible I suppose, but there's no real evidence.

If you ask me, these explanations are both wrong. The term beaver is used for the female genitalia because beavers eat wood ...


There is a postulation which I first heard on The Layover with Anthony Bourdain a few weeks ago during his Philadelphia layover when he did the Grim Philly tour (offbeat historical tour) - that the reason for that particular euphemism was that the merkins that prostitutes of the day wore were made of beaver pelt.

Alas the only references I can find to support that theory are all put forth by Philadelphian historians - so they probably link back to the Grim Philly tour folks.

 
Zebra57
981024.  Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:53 am Reply with quote

There is a Scottish Wild Beaver Group, the activities of which I leave to the imagination.

http://www.blairgowrieadvertiser.co.uk/blairgowrie-news/local-news-blairgowrie/2013/02/22/beaver-group-to-talk-to-schools-113960-32837703/

 
Zebra57
990453.  Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:54 pm Reply with quote

Be Careful of Angry Beaver

Reports of two recent attacks by Beavers in Eastern Europe have resulted in one fatality in Belarus and a man escaping serious injury in Russia.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/04/12/vicious-beaver-attacks-and-kills-man-in-belarus/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504784_162-57579603-10391705/angry-beaver-attacks-poor-cameraman-in-russia/

 
Efros
990548.  Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:26 am Reply with quote

There is also the enterprising Beaver Liquors in Colorado.

 
bemahan
990554.  Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:49 am Reply with quote

And a beaver pencil sharpener. I don't think they're meant to be rude, but that phrase is enough to make many men cross their legs, I should magine.

 
Efros
990559.  Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:06 am Reply with quote

For $65 I'd rather use a biro.

 

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