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Interactive timelines of slang for genitalia
August 16, 2013 9:15 AM   Subscribe

Two timelines with slang for the male and female genitalia, simply titled The Penis and The Vagina. The timelines are made by Jonathon Green, a slang lexicographer (previously on MeFi).

They might load really zoomed in so you don't see any of the words. Scroll down to zoom out, or use the controls on the right.
posted by bjrn (77 comments total) 40 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hay gurl, lemme introduce my kidney-cracker to your mossy doughnut
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:19 AM on August 16, 2013


No I lied, my favorite is "miraculous pitcher that holds water with the mouth down"
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:21 AM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


I do not understand how "Jewish nightcap" is slang for a foreskin. Like at all.

("Tickle-faggot" for penis, though, I also do not entirely get in an 1890 sense, but I am too in love with it to complain.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:23 AM on August 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


They might load really zoomed in

Yes, if you've been swimming in cold water, for example.
posted by yoink at 9:23 AM on August 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


YOU ARE ALL OKRAS.
posted by Conspire at 9:25 AM on August 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Tickle-faggot" for penis, though, I also do not entirely get in an 1890 sense

If it just means "a bundle of sticks," then it makes perfect sense!

Also: for context, scroll over to the 2000s. I've never heard of 90% of the slang terms listed there. I think a lot of these are probably like "a single book mentions this term one time." Not that I'm complaining.

Well... ok, I'm complaining about the interface a little bit.
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:25 AM on August 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


("Tickle-faggot" for penis, though, I also do not entirely get in an 1890 sense, but I am too in love with it to complain.)

Presumably they were using faggot in the "twig" sense of the word.

Tickle-stick.
posted by 256 at 9:25 AM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Joy stick" dates to 1916? I mean, I guess it makes sense -- planes had them, and there were a lot of dick-obsessed teenagers flying planes in 1916 -- but I'd always assumed the name didn't come until video games.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:26 AM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sys req: I've always kinda wondered if "joy stick" wasn't actually a reference to penises in the first place. Why else would they call it that?
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:27 AM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Well... ok, I'm complaining about the interface a little bit.

I'll complain about it a lot, because the damn thing seemed to freeze up on me and there was a long lag time between my clicking to zoom out and it actually zooming out, and the slider on the bottom didn't work at ALL.

It was like foreplay that didn't do anything, dammit.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:29 AM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is there an appropriate slang term for just how godawful that UI is? I can't think of any possible way it could be worse.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:30 AM on August 16, 2013 [7 favorites]


The actual data seems to go from about 1200–2000. Given the fuzziness of first citation years, I'm not sure that a precise timeline is really the best way to present these. Anyway, the underlying data is JSON files: penis, vagina. I'm too lazy to make a simple text dump.
posted by Nelson at 9:33 AM on August 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


In this case, maybe "gut-wrenching" (see Jan. 1943).
posted by Kabanos at 9:33 AM on August 16, 2013


A lot of these are so obscure that you wonder how one even determines from the context what they were referring to. I guess it's the old "anything becomes a double entendre if you place it in the right rubric" rule. I mean you'd think that "I'd like to put my jug in her nettle-bed, if you know what I mean!" would mostly elicit "no, sorry, I really don't know what you mean" responses, but I guess in fact we'd figure it out.
posted by yoink at 9:33 AM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


I guess the explanation for 'tickle-faggot' is obvious unless you got confused about if tickle was modifying a stick as as an adjective or a person as an object. Or something. Thanks.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:33 AM on August 16, 2013


This UI hurts.
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:35 AM on August 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


You may think that you know the UI sucks, but you know nothing of suck until you try accessing it on a mobile device.
posted by dersins at 9:38 AM on August 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'll complain about it a lot, because the damn thing seemed to freeze up on me and there was a long lag time between my clicking to zoom out and it actually zooming out, and the slider on the bottom didn't work at ALL.

The thing at the bottom isn't a slider (Christ, that sounds like I'm just stringing slang words for "penis" together at random now). It's a marker. If you want to slide back and forth (ah jeez) use the little arrows on the vertical bar (yeah, yeah) at the right.
posted by yoink at 9:39 AM on August 16, 2013 [6 favorites]


I guess the explanation for 'tickle-faggot' is obvious unless you got confused about if tickle was modifying a stick as as an adjective or a person as an object. Or something. Thanks.

Well surely it can be both!
posted by 256 at 9:40 AM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Aleck"?
posted by The Whelk at 9:41 AM on August 16, 2013


"Aleck"?

Yes?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:42 AM on August 16, 2013


Do we really need anything beyond shvantz and knish?
posted by uncleozzy at 9:44 AM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


I do not understand how "Jewish nightcap" is slang for a foreskin. Like at all.

I'm guessing it means someone Jewish would "remove" it (as in removing a cap from one's head, not a last-of-the-evening drink)?
posted by jalexei at 9:45 AM on August 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Aleck"?

And the Ball-Twins, yes.
posted by cortex at 9:50 AM on August 16, 2013 [7 favorites]


My penas and butt.
posted by Doroteo Arango II at 9:52 AM on August 16, 2013 [8 favorites]


What happened Jan. 1, 1653 to make it such a fertile time for pricks?
posted by klangklangston at 9:54 AM on August 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


The content is pure gold, but the interface is shit: Anyone found a way to link to individual terms or times? And why are some terms highlighted in yellow?

Copying and pasting each of the good ones in a comment is going to interfere with the snickering, I am afraid.
posted by Dr Dracator at 9:56 AM on August 16, 2013


What happened Jan. 1, 1653 to make it such a fertile time for pricks?

Little John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, began to learn to write?
posted by yoink at 9:58 AM on August 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


I dont suppose it's practical to distinguish between literary one-offs (heh) and ones which are attested to multiple times indicating people actually used them in speech.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:00 AM on August 16, 2013


As I could not access any of the surely colorful and hilarious names on this site, I had to loudly curse the interface with all the ones I could recall off the top of my head.
posted by louche mustachio at 10:03 AM on August 16, 2013


And the Ball-Twins, yes.

i am totally using "Alec Balled-One" in the future. Er, using the term, I mean.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:04 AM on August 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


("Tickle-faggot" for penis, though, I also do not entirely get in an 1890 sense, but I am too in love with it to complain.)

J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: The Real Story Behind Peter Pan, still after 30 years the best biography I have ever read by far, includes a letter from one of the Llewelyn Davies boys (for whom Peter Pan was originally conceived and upon whom it was modeled), newly ensconced at his elite boarding school, to Barrie and describing his experiences and mentioning in passing that underclassmen were expected to act as valets for upperclassmen and referred to as "faggots."
posted by jamjam at 10:07 AM on August 16, 2013


and the slider on the bottom didn't work at ALL.

THAT"S WHAT SHE SAID!

Oh, wait, she did say that, and it's true.... It's like a triple entendre -- innocent, dirty, and prosaic.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:09 AM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


A lot of these are so obscure that you wonder how one even determines from the context what they were referring to.

It would be interesting to segment terms used by "common" people versus the very small percentage of the population who could read.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:25 AM on August 16, 2013


And so the soon to be world famous kazoo-led indie rock orchestral "kazoogaze" band Ringerangaroo found its humble beginning.
posted by byanyothername at 10:26 AM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


For anyone who can't stand/use the UI:

A list of all the names, with the years in parenthesis. They're grouped by part (penis/testicles/vagina/clitoris/etc).

I just quickly made this from the JSON files Nelson posted above which has the source data for the timelines. I see there is a group called ",penis", so there might be some small glitches but mostly it should be fine.
posted by bjrn at 10:29 AM on August 16, 2013 [10 favorites]


describing his experiences and mentioning in passing that underclassmen were expected to act as valets for upperclassmen and referred to as "faggots."

I think I first came across the term "fag" in one of Roald Dahl's books (supposedly) about his own time at boarding school. Make sure you wear your camel-hide dressing gown!
posted by KokuRyu at 10:30 AM on August 16, 2013


This UI hurts.

A simple text list would have been so much easier to read, use, and in every other way. A sign of the times.
posted by bongo_x at 10:31 AM on August 16, 2013


So it would seem that the word balls to mean testicles is, in fact, old as balls.
posted by The Whelk at 10:31 AM on August 16, 2013


The slider does work if you click&hold and drag the timeline bar, not (counterintuitively) the pointer.
posted by asfuller at 10:32 AM on August 16, 2013


Thanks a lot bjrn, I spent a few minutes clicking and dragging and gave up. It might also be because I'm on a laptop and don't have access to a mouse but still, the list is much easier to look at.
posted by tenpointwo at 10:35 AM on August 16, 2013


What happened Jan. 1, 1653 to make it such a fertile time for pricks?

I assumed Shakespeare when scrolling past it, but the First Folio was published 30 years earlier..
posted by anagrama at 10:37 AM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


showbiz_liz: "Sys req: I've always kinda wondered if "joy stick" wasn't actually a reference to penises in the first place. Why else would they call it that?"

INORITE?
posted by symbioid at 10:39 AM on August 16, 2013


The year of my birth saw the most newly coined names for the penis. Make of that what you will.
posted by orme at 10:55 AM on August 16, 2013


bongo_x: "This UI hurts.

A simple text list would have been so much easier to read, use, and in every other way. A sign of the times.
"

I've spent a lot of time with JS-based timelines, and he chose this one because it can handle more than 50 or 100 pieces of data (it could be SO MUCH MORE PAINFUL) unlike most other timelines of its class, and I think he was married to the idea of showing this on a timeline. The JS timelines that have better UX usually can't support more than 50 rows of data.

That said ... I found the words and timeframes fascinating, but I agree that an alternate presentation would have made this deeply awesome. And would have potentially highlighted the fact that there are so many more variations on penis with distinct sets of slang than for vagina.

My favorite slang term for vagina is omnibus which can be both very positive and very negative slang.
posted by julen at 10:59 AM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


The penises also get progressively bigger over time, from pins and needles in the 1500s, to "nine-inch knocker" in 1696. Must have been all that testosterone generated by the 1651 Solar Flare.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 11:00 AM on August 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is a treasure trove of names for bands and fantasy leagues.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 11:19 AM on August 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


Surely a labor of love.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 11:36 AM on August 16, 2013


It'll be interesting to see how many of these show up as usernames in the next few days.
posted by Killick at 11:39 AM on August 16, 2013


My favorite euphemism for the genitals of any sex is unintelligible muttering accompanied by nodding and eye rolls.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 12:05 PM on August 16, 2013


Coney
Coney-burrow
Coney-skin
Coney court
Coney-hall


Coney Island?
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 12:12 PM on August 16, 2013


Pleasure pivot. That's got to be the best penis euphemism ever. "Pardon me, but your pleasure pivot appears to have gotten euphoria fluid on my cumberbund."
posted by sotonohito at 12:12 PM on August 16, 2013 [5 favorites]


clearly in 1890 there was a lot of sex going on in the English speaking world
posted by Glibpaxman at 12:21 PM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also by Jonathon Green: a "drunk" timeline, an "alcohol" timeline, a "pub/bar" timeline.
posted by Mo Nickels at 12:38 PM on August 16, 2013


By the way, Jonathon extracts this sort of data out his vast slang database, one he's been working on for decades, and which is the ultimate source for his very large three-volume Green's Dictionary of Slang.
posted by Mo Nickels at 12:40 PM on August 16, 2013


Johnson?
posted by Juffo-Wup at 12:45 PM on August 16, 2013


"clearly in 1890 there was a lot of sex going on in the English speaking world"

Which is weird, because The Pearl debuted in 1879, and was a fulsome spend of fuckery-related lexicography.
posted by klangklangston at 1:12 PM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jan 1, 1763: "Thirteen inches"

That's not slang. That's just...a description.
posted by Lemurrhea at 1:17 PM on August 16, 2013


Son, let me tell you about the great punanny craze of 1987...
posted by jonp72 at 1:34 PM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is a great list (thank you bjrn). Today I renamed my organ Master John Goodfellow. I am going to buy it a couple beers!

(Now what is the origin of that song For He's a Jolly Good Fellow?)
posted by bukvich at 1:42 PM on August 16, 2013


Also,

What the Fuck Happened in 1890?

bit of fish (1890)
bit of skate (1890)
bit on a fork (1890)
Cupid’s arms (1890)
Venus’s secret cell (1890)
Cupid's alley (1890)
Cupid’a anvil (1890)
downy bit (1890)
everlasting wound (1890)
fish-market (1890)
front attic (1890)
front garden (1890)
front gut (1890)
front window (1890)
garden of Eden (1890)
red ace (1890)
Cupid’a arbour (1890)
wanton ace (1890)
privy paradise (1890)
privy hole (1890)
Berkeley Hunt (1890)
best part (1890)
bit of jam (1890)
bit of mutton (1890)
bit of pork (1890)
bit of rough (1890)
bit of snug (1890)
black bess (1890)
black hole (1890)
black jock (1890)
black ring (1890)
bob and hit (1890)
bonne-bouche (1890)
Botany Bay (1890)
brat-getting place (1890)
breadwinner (1890)
brown jock (1890)
busby (1890)
butcher's shop (1890)
butter-boat (1890)
Aunt Maria (1890)
broom (1890)
dormouse (1890)
front door (1890)
housewife (1890)
lowlands (1890)
rufus (1890)
snatch-blatch (1890)
abraham's bosom (1890)
Adam's own (altar) (1890)
agreeable ruts of life (1890)
almanac (1890)
alpha and omega (1890)
altar of pleasure (1890)
amulet (1890)
arbour (1890)
attic (1890)
axis (1890)
baby-maker (1890)
bag (1890)
bath of birth (1890)
bazaar (1890)
beauty (1890)
bedfellow (1890)
belly-dale (1890)
belly-dingle (1890)
belly-entrance (1890)
posted by bukvich at 1:52 PM on August 16, 2013


Nascent Sherlock Holmes Fanfiction scene?
posted by The Whelk at 2:03 PM on August 16, 2013


What the Fuck Happened in 1890?

I think it was the publication of John S. Farmer's Slang and Its Analogues. He also includes the rather glorious "Divine monosyllable" for vagina.
posted by yoink at 2:19 PM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


I do not understand how "Jewish nightcap" is slang for a foreskin. Like at all.

It's listed under "foreskin/glans" which are lumped together for some reason.* Presumably, that entry only applies to the latter.



*HPV?
posted by Sys Rq at 2:28 PM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jan 1, 1763: "Thirteen inches"

There's an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where Peter Boyle refers to his penis as his foot, which is brilliant.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:30 PM on August 16, 2013


January 1, 1934: "Tater."

ALL IS REVEALED
posted by ostro at 2:37 PM on August 16, 2013 [4 favorites]


Unfortunately, it fails miserably in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari on my Mac.
posted by tavella at 2:53 PM on August 16, 2013


He also includes the rather glorious "Divine monosyllable" for vagina.

That's a euphemism I can get beh - er, enjoy. Uh. I like that euphemism.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:29 PM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can't help but feel the researcher has sadly neglected the clitoris.
posted by geeklizzard at 6:22 PM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


...Wait.

So is it me, or is this actually missing "hot beef injection"?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:03 PM on August 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


> Jan 1, 1763: "Thirteen inches"

That's not slang. That's just...a description.

I wonder how many times in history a monarch has redefined the official units of measure to make the length of his penis seem more impressive.
posted by XMLicious at 7:06 PM on August 16, 2013


I wonder if, a century from now, people will be giggling over current society's oft-inaccurate use of "vagina."
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:18 PM on August 16, 2013


I wonder if, a century from now, people will be giggling over current society's oft-inaccurate use of "vagina."

Oh yeah, that whole vulva thing is going to happen a-a-a-ny day now. You just hold tight.
posted by yoink at 9:17 PM on August 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


Couple bunch o' dozen words for pecker I ain't never heard of and they left out "pecker". I don't know what's wrong with these people.
posted by Trinity-Gehenna at 9:56 PM on August 16, 2013


I've been waiting for some vulva to happen for some time now.
posted by Dr Dracator at 10:12 PM on August 16, 2013


So that's why Master John Goodfellow was in Mrs. Fubbs' parlour with the drummers nearby.
posted by univac at 10:25 AM on August 17, 2013


...I actually kind of want to start using "aphrodisiac tennis court" now.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:46 AM on August 17, 2013


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