[off-list] Re: [ADS-L] "fanny", n.4

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 16 13:00:46 UTC 2012

"Willy" seems to have started in the UK.

I first heard it used by an American - who'd been in the Peace Corps in
Afghanistan in the '70s - in 1984. He'd heard it from Brits.

That was after sixteen years of slang research, including nearly ten years
of student questionnaires (though the students were mostly from the


On Sun, Dec 16, 2012 at 12:09 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 11:27 PM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu>
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> > "Peter."
> In my family, Peter's full name is "Peter Weter." My *impression" has
> always been that _peepee_ is the source of _Peter (Weter)_ "penis."
> For example, A college friend, Wendell ("win-DELL"), universally known
> as "Peter," had acquired that nickname, I was told, as a consequence
> of his having been difficult to break to the commode. Since I had long
> since concluded that _Peter_ "penis" < _peepee_ "urine, urinate," I
> had no trouble accepting this explanation as the truth.
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