Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Wed Sep 23 18:50:43 UTC 2009

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at ne wrote:
> cougar = a woman who dates/sleeps with/marries a much younger man (or
> in the case of Ellen DeGeneres, a much younger woman).
> This term seems to be popular now (i.e. in the last couple of
> weeks)---Monday "Entertainment Tonight" ran a lengthy segment on
> Hollywood's 5 top cougars, complete with feline metaphors.  However I
> cannot recall ever having seen it before that.  Is it a new term or is
> it my usual disconnect from pop culture?

It's not quite that new; last year, TV Land ran a reality show, "The
Cougar", and this fall ABC is launching a sitcom, "Cougar Town",
starring Courtney Cox. In both cases, "cougar" bears the new meaning.

Jim Parish

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