“Fanny” Was Her Word of Choice

Backstory: My mother sent me this after an audition. I told her that I preferred people telling me to “kick some ass” vs. “break a leg” because once after a show, I actually did break a leg.

I’m glad it was fun!  I think you’d be very abnormal if you weren’t nervous.   I’d likely have to run to the bathroom constantly. Nervous bladder…

I’ll try to remember “kick some ass” for next time.  Funny how vocabularies change.  Grandma used to always yell at me of I used the word “butt.” I can’t imagine the repercussions if I said the word “ass” and wasn’t talking about a donkey.  “Fanny” was her word of choice, but “bottom” and “seater” were also permissible if needed. Actually until adulthood, I always thought she was saying “cedar” and wondered why a butt was a called a type of tree.  I guess Fanny is just as weird though, since some poor women of grandma’s generation actually had that as a first name.  (As a kid, I always thought Fanny Flagg, the actress, had a hilariously unfortunate name.) Isn’t this a fascinating walk through word history?

Hope you’re having a fun weekend!  Hugs, Mambo xoxoxo

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    • 1.  Missy Holland

      I’m of Scottish descent so we’ve always used the Scots word ‘Bahookie’ (which is considered perfectly polite in the UK and can even be used speaking to small children.) However, in the UK Fanny means female genitalia -seriously!- and their tv censors follow a strict code of guidance: if an American character in an imported program says it, then it’s okay; they know it only means bottom to us. However, a person on a British show is not allowed to use the same word. ‘Fascinating’ as Sheldon Cooper would say.

      October 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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    • 2.  Stitchgroover

      You really don’t want to know what “fanny” means in Australia… ’tis the front bottom.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

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Love, Mom