"puss" in Icelandic ? Swedish ?

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue Aug 30 03:21:37 UTC 2005

>Interestingly enough, Vance Randolph encountered a dial. term "fud" for
>the female genitals, in the Ozarks between 1920 and 1954. It's hard to
>know if that's an incredible survival from Old English - or if there was
>some kind of weird German dial. survival in southwestern Missouri /
>northwestern Arkansas.

Just a Scotticism or so, I suppose.

 From the SND: "fud" (n1): sense 3: "The female pubes or pudendum" [example
from 1835].

Presumably cognate with German "fut", etc.

-- Doug Wilson

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