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According to American literary critic Paul Fussell in Thank God for the Atom Bomb, what slang word for intercourse did World War I soldiers coin by mispronouncing a French word meaning prostitute?




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Answer: poontang

According to Fussell (and the Online Etymology Dictionary), the word poontang derives from the French putain, prostitute; the latter ultimately (and value-judgementally) deriving from the Latin putidus, stinking.

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Now I know why I joined the Navy. I was hoping for a job in France.
jantoon at aol.com
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In America "poontang" means female genitalia and not intercourse.
timmyx47 at gmail.com
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This was the best one yet! Can't wait to throw it into conversation.
GretchenMcFly at insightbb.com
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Not to put too fine a point on it, but if I'm not mistaken, the current usage of the word is not sex, but the female sex organ, which seems to follow more directly from Mr. Fussell's theory of origin. No doubt the putains these soldiers encountered were all female.
emm451 at hotmail.com
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Hi mootguy, Funny story behind that word poontang. It is in a song by Ted Nugent and when I was younger I was in a crowded restaurant and asked my date in front of everybody what it meant. Needless to say he put off the answer till we were in a less crowded spot! Now I even know how it was created! Thanks and have a great summer.
ande1379 at yahoo.com
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Not to put too fine a point on it, but if i'm not mistaken, the current usage of the word is not sex, but the female sex organ, which seems to follow more directly from Mr. Fusell's theory of origin. No doubt the putains these soldiers encountered were all female.
emm4510 at 0hotmail.com
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