Shannon Stacey

Adventures In Dirty Words

Okay. Call me offensive, call me a disgrace to female kind. Tar me and feather me. Whip me, beat me…hold on…distracted there for a sec.

When it comes to names for the female anatomy, I prefer the C-word to the P-word. *gasp* (And I hope you know what I mean, cause I’m not saying them in public. Nope.)

But I’ve seen a lot of commentary about how much women prefer the P-word to the C-word, and I see the P-word most frequently. Perhaps because the C-word is used in such a derogatory manner non-sexually–really negative associations there. And it’s too dirty and shouldn’t be used in romantic fiction, and blah blah blah. But the P-word makes me giggle. Sorry, but it does. It’s a silly word. Maybe it comes from watching too many episodes of Are You Being Served?

Why are there no feminine, attractive names for…down there? *g* In my childhood we referred to it as the ya-ya. And that was before I’d ever heard of Rebecca Wells, so you can imagine my reaction to THAT title. My stepmother, for some reason, has my sisters refer to anything covered up by panties as “bunny.” Sure, and wouldn’t that go over well at EC? (And I don’t know why they have bunnies, so I can’t explain it. I only know that as soon as my son was born I made sure everybody was clear there were no bunnies in HIS pants) (Of course, their 32-year-old sister is here saying P-word and C-word, so maybe it’s hereditary. *eye roll*)

So, until something better comes along (and please don’t suggest that hideous Q word), I’ll use the P-word and the C-word. I found in this book, I had a tendency to use the former in her POV and the latter in his. *shrug*

For the record, I love ALL the guy-part names. I have no problem using those. ;)

3 comments to “Adventures In Dirty Words”

  1. Shannon
      · March 3rd, 2005 at 11:48 pm · Link


    Anonymous said…


    P and C….I’m so proud of you

    And C is only derogatory in the mind of some. If you’ve ever heard of or watched the Vagina Monologues, that play teaches women to be proud of terms used for their body, including the dreaded C word, which I’m rather fond of using in my writing these days, too.

    You submit that damn book yet? *g*


    9:04 AM
    Larissa said…

    Personally, I don’t like either of them, but the C-word just makes me clench my teeth. I can’t stand it. And I’m in no way a prude. It is just so…harsh. The P-word word sounds kind of silly. But the problem is that everything else sounds flowery. Hmm. Maybe we should make up a new word that doesn’t sound flowery or vulgar! LOL

    I have no problems with man-part names, though! *g*
    9:55 AM
    kate said…

    yeah, well what about the V word? I really dislike that one. (Such an icky word, vagina. I think it’s the “v” that ruins it.)

    and how come there are so many cute and cozy words for the male bits and practically nothing for the female?How about the “nether eye”?? Worked for Chaucer.

    Here’s another weird proclivity: I like using writing sentences like “he was cunning” and “she had spunk” — feels so . .. risque and yet wrong.
    12:08 PM
    kate said…

    Hey, lookie! I got one –> proclivity . . “he eyed her throbbing proclivity.”
    12:12 PM
    Shannon said…

    So was the spunkiness before or after the proclivity fondling?

    And that’s the hard thing about the C-word. The women who don’t like it, REALLY don’t like it. *g* But for me, I think–as a reader–I process it better. It’s another word on the page, whereas the P-word stands out for a second every single time.

    I’ll probably spend half the night finding other words that have been used. I know somewhere there’s a website with historical usage. *shrug*

    Can’t imagine the spam that’ll attract. :)

  2. Devin coleman
      · June 8th, 2012 at 8:14 pm · Link

    This has actually brightened up my day lol Everyone on this site is awesome iv just been going through it and its just brilliant :) Shannon you are truly awesome :D

  3. Devin coleman
      · June 8th, 2012 at 8:16 pm · Link

    And btw i totally agree with what ye are saying, I am male but p-word is too funny and the c word is a tad bit too strong to say to a woman. If ye could come up with a nice between word please notify me as i will begin to use it immediately :)

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