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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
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."


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

Merkin -
  1. false hair for the female pudenda.
  2. A pubic wig for women.
  3. 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.
And from Wikipedia...

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."[1]

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posted by michael the tubthumper @ 2:49 pm  
  • At 9:13 am, Blogger Keir said…

    I'm sorry I didn't understand a single thing you wrote. Could you write a little more slowly and clearly please?

  • At 1:57 pm, Blogger Sornie said…

    I stopped at pubic wig -- I guess it's no different than a toupee but I am unaware that pubic baldness was a problem. Plus I'd be worried about glue in that region. Not particularly comfortable...

  • At 7:46 am, Blogger Ann said…

    LOL Another 'othering' device is the use of the word ethnic. Doesn't everyone have an ethnicity? Its often taken to mean non-Anglo-Saxon, as if it were an archimedian point at which only other nationalities become "ethnicities", or they are somehow the colour to the supposed Anglo stock white. Yet they can be just as exotic to me as I to them.

  • At 3:04 pm, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    Patriotism is the conviction that your country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it." -- George Bernard Shaw

  • At 7:02 pm, Anonymous CV Rick said…

    Living as I am in "merka," I get to see a lot of falsified pubic coverings walking around as if they are human. Now at least I know to call them what they are, proud Merkins.

  • At 10:11 pm, Blogger Peacechick Mary said…

    these colorful little wigs are a lot worse when men wear them. Really, when the kilt flies up and there rides the pink pubic wig....not good.

  • At 9:53 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And don't forget that the President of the USA in 'Dr Strangelove' was Merkin Muffley....

  • At 2:37 am, Blogger SafeTinspector said…

    Merkin, Merkin, Merkin! Its fun to say, and fun to use!

    I am PROUD to be a human!

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