[Ads-l] an obscenity getsa new meaning
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Sun Jan 22 20:17:28 EST 2017
The long, narrow green cap worn by US Army male soldiers with the dress
uniform is officially known as the "garrison cap".
A polite slang term for this piece of headgear is "envelope cap" from
There are two obscene slang terms for this piece of headgear: "pussy
cap" and "cunt cap" from the resemblance of the bottom of the cap to the
shape of the female genitalia.
However, "pussy cap" has recently received a new, non-obscene meaning.
My wife and I were at the Women's March in Philadelphia yesterday (21
January 2017) and I noticed many women wearing what looked like
conventional stocking caps but instead of following the round shape of
the top of the head, they had two projections, one on each side,
resembling cat's ears. I asked and was told they were "pussy caps" and
were worn as a protest against President Trump's well-known demeaning
remarks and actions against women.
(These new headgear items are also known as "pussy hats", a term which
in my experience was not used in the US Army).
How long has this new meaning of "pussy cap" been around?
A quick search on Google News showed an article dated by Google News as
January 3 on "pussy caps":
There may be other earlier references; I just couldn't find them in a
Google News also referenced
dated January 6, which claims that the "Pussyhat Project" was launched
in November 2016.
- Jim Landau (who marched)
PS: my eighteen-month-old granddaughter Abigail marched (actually rode
her father's shoulders) in the January 21 march in Boston. According to
her parents, she was "marching for women's rights and later bedtimes"
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