UD: [...] 2)_snapping pussy_

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Nov 27 05:25:30 UTC 2012

Wilson misquotes.  It was not I but he who wrote
> >>There is no such thing as a "snapping pussy."

And it is he who now adds
>And *still* writes it.

Wilson's agreement with Richard Pryor only means that they thought
"snapping pussy" meant something else than Paul Johnson and I think.

I hadn't wanted to admit the following, but I see that I am forced
to.  In my era of reading pornographic paperbacks, I came across
"snapper" referring to a woman who could affect a man's sensations
during intercourse by conscious control over her  pubococcygeus muscles.

No, the paperback did not explain it in those terms, and I am unable
to cite title and page.  But one can Google Books -- e.g.,


At 11/26/2012 10:23 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
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>On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> >>There is no such thing as a "snapping pussy."
>And *still* writes it. When Richard Pryor and I agree that the term,
>"snapping pussy," as used by him in the '60's, we are *not*, in any
>sense, trying to dessribe the world as it appears to *white* people in
>2012. Except for Pryor's use of the term back in the day, I personally
>have no experience with the term at all. Hence, I am in complete
>agreement with Pryor that there is no such thing as a "snapping
>pussy," just as there is no such thing as a "dick-string" and no term
>for what *white* people refer to as a "soul patch.
>_bring smoke on_ "shoot"
>When I originally posted about this phrase, there was no indication by
>anyone here that it was at all familiar. There was only my claim that
>I had heard it in 1961, used by "hamburgers" in then-West Germany.
>That is, in a certain sense, for readers, this phrase didn't exist. In
>like manner, there is nothing in BE to which the terms "dick-string"
>and "snapping pussy" refer. In that sense, they don't exist, any more
>that "Diphyllobothrium latum" does
>American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam - Page 8
>Philip D. Beidler - 1982 - Preview - More editions
>"Crazy" Somebody-or-Other loved to _bring smoke on_ anything that moved.
>Submitted by Ken Smith on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:55
>The following was extracted from an article written by Nicholas
>Sellers entitled "Here's The Word From Vietnam", published in the
>"Army Times", Pacific Edition, January 7, 1970. (Note: I take no
>responsibility for miss-spellings, punctuation, and
>[likewise edited]
>Bring Smoke On: To bring smoke on someone is to give him a very hard
>time, usually done by a superior in rank to an inferior, preferably by
>an unexpected inspection.
>UD has, from '06,
>3) After a few minutes of exchanging small arms fire with the
>hostiles, our forward observer _brought smoke on_ 'em and it was over.
>The reference is to the calling down of an artillery barrage onto the
>hostiles' position. This moves me to propose the following WAG: this
>term originated among cannon-cockers, "The King of Battle," as the
>artillery styles itself.. In 1961, my unit shared a location with the
>8th Infantry Division, which included artillery.
>Of course, there's still only my word that the phrase was in use in 1961.
>All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
>to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>-Mark Twain
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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