|As a Scottish person one thing you have to get used to is people insulting, patronising or otherwise being nonplussed (or flummoxed - flummoxed IS a good word) by your accent. Then, when you mention THEIR accent, the offending English or American person (for it is usually they - see recent routines by Robin Williams to name but one) say "I don't HAVE an accent."
YES YOU DO, IT IS JUST DIFFERENT FROM MINE -I AM NOT SPEAKING INCORRECTLY JUST BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO TALK LIKE SOME DICK OFF THE OC OR BBC NEWS.
In that light... British comedian Rory Bremner mentioned this a while ago but it is worth mentioning again.
I often hear people on TV saying they are proud to be A-merkin. Bush says it often, as do many others.
So, from dictionary.com...
And from Wikipedia...
- false hair for the female pudenda.
- A pubic wig for women.
- According to "The Oxford Companion to the Body," the custom of wearing merkins dates from c.1450, was associated with prostitutes, and was to disguise either pubic hair shaved off to exterminate body lice or evidence of venereal disease.
A merkin (first use, according to the OED, 1617) is a pubic wig, worn by prostitutes after shaving their genitalia to eliminate lice or to disguise the marks of syphilis. There are many different ways of wearing a merkin, although most involve placing the merkin on the vulva or the scrotum.
Houghton Mifflin's American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition describes the term's etymology as stemming from an "alteration of obsolete malkin, lower-class woman, mop, from Middle English; from Malkin, diminutive of the personal name Matilda."
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