[Ads-l] Heard: _cush_ "vulva"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jun 7 03:03:56 UTC 2016

Can anyone confirm or disconfirm Partridge's claim that _cush_ in the relevant sense (HDAS has it as sense 2, 'copulation; vagina; female as sex object', sense 1 being 'money') derives from Arabic?  (The Partridge supposition is included in the HDAS entry.)  I know, I've lived a sheltered life, but I've never heard the term in the wild before.  And as the Reader's Digest liked to remind us, it pays to increase your word power.  


> On Jun 6, 2016, at 3:56 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> In the commercial for a company that makes a kind of mobile modesty-panel
> or flash-hider for women:
> "... no bush on the _cush_, so to speak ..."
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