why do people say “don’t be a pussy” when talking about weakness more like “don’t be a man’s ego” because you know there isn’t nothing more fragile than that
because “pussy” is the shortened form of the word “pusillanimous”, which means “timid, cowardly”
and not the slang word for the female genital region?
literally no one else knows this. nobody.
OK hold up that is literally a false cognate and the idea of it being weakness does have a slightly separate etymology but the general rule of thumb of the western episteme is that a word holds cultural currency for known definition, not syntactic origin, so whatever it may have sprung from, white boys aren’t calling each other pusillanimous cads.
a little girl in the grocery store just asked me if i was a princess because my dress was pretty and i said everyone’s a princess and she pointed to her dad and asked if he was a princess too and her dad said yep its true im a princess and she looked so happy idk it was adorable
“Other people’s walls looked naked to me. Ours weren’t flat white backdrops for pictures. They were works of art themselves, floor-to-ceiling mosaics whose vividly pigmented titles were all tall skinny rectangles, pleasant to the touch and even, if one liked the dusty fragrance of old paper, to the sniff.”— Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader (via karenhealey)