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Topic: 6) Ms.'s moxie (1 of 10), Read 76 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Thursday, September 09, 1999 09:40 AM

Maighread Medbh, of Swords, Co. Dublin, Ireland, writes: "A female equivalent of 'virility.' 'Lustiness' will not do. 'Lust' is defined in Webster's as 'vehement or longing affection or desire,' and its root is Old English 'pleasure.' 'Virile' has as part of its definition in Webster's 'sturdy, intrepid and forceful,' equated with 'having the characteristics of manhood.' In common usage it is also applied to sexual performance as a compliment, a positive trait. I can't think of one stand-alone epithet that conveys the same meaning for women and has positive, powerful connotations. 'Feminine' is defined as 'characteristic of womankind ... having qualities as modesty, delicacy, tenderness, tact...' So we need a word that conveys female sexual prowess, ability to bear children, and general womanly vigor and love of pleasure. To me, 'virile' bears all of those connotations for a man."

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Topic: 6) Ms.'s moxie (2 of 10), Read 68 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Van Happy (stillcrazyasever@hotmail.com)
Date: Friday, September 10, 1999 12:33 PM

How about "feisty"?

V.H.

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Topic: 6) Ms.'s moxie (3 of 10), Read 59 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Matt Swift (swift@alum.mit.edu)
Date: Saturday, September 11, 1999 06:05 AM


>How about "feisty"?

surely "bitchy" is better, if we go in this direction, with its connotations of whelping and mysterious and powerful preferences and satisfactions. To me, "bitchy" is "feisty" but more agressive and less negative. But it's still too negative to really stand across from "virile" I think.

How about "Go Girl!" as an attributive ejaculation? She had a go girl! attitude. She was very go girl! in bed.


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Topic: 6) Ms.'s moxie (4 of 10), Read 61 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Van Happy (stillcrazyasever@hotmail.com)
Date: Saturday, September 11, 1999 06:18 AM

Matt,

You wrote:

>How about "Go Girl!" as an
>attributive ejaculation? She
>had a go girl! attitude. She
>was very go girl! in bed.

I couldn't resist it - forgive me: With reference to your comment under 5) on Freudian slips: Is ejaculation one in this context?

Thanks for raising a smile,

V.H.


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Topic: 6) Ms.'s moxie (5 of 10), Read 62 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Matt Swift (swift@alum.mit.edu)
Date: Saturday, September 11, 1999 06:42 AM

On 9/11/99 6:18:12 AM, Van Happy wrote:

>I couldn't resist it - forgive
>me: With reference to your
>comment under 5) on Freudian
>slips: Is ejaculation one in
>this context?

Undoubtedly! And I can prove it: I know perfectly well, once I think about it, that "interjection", not "ejaculation", is the correct grammatical term.

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Topic: 6) Ms.'s moxie (6 of 10), Read 28 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Royce Alden (royce2000@yahoo)
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 1999 08:15 PM

how's about fertile?

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Topic: 6) Ms.'s moxie (7 of 10), Read 11 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Joss Randall (joss@yahoo.com)
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 1999 05:15 AM

"Vamp" has long been used to describe an assertive woman. So can we have "vampiness" or "vampidity"?

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Topic: 6) Ms.'s moxie (8 of 10), Read 9 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Matt Swift (swift@alum.mit.edu)
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 1999 12:43 PM

On 9/21/99 5:15:30 AM, Joss Randall wrote:
>"Vamp" has long been used to
>describe an assertive woman.
>So can we have "vampiness" or
>"vampidity"?
>

I would choose the latter, with its aural suggestions of cupidity, humidity, etc.

I don't have much of a sense of `vamp', to me it's a dictionary word.

Otherwise, I've come around to being more of a fan of v. Happy's `feisty' than my own suggestion of `bitchy'.

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Topic: 6) Ms.'s moxie (9 of 10), Read 7 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Christian (mschrist@umich.edu)
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 1999 10:05 PM

How about "ovarivacious"?

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Topic: 6) Ms.'s moxie (10 of 10), Read 6 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Van Happy (stillcrazyasever@hotmail.com)
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 08:20 AM

Wonderful.
Overtones of "over-vivacious".

Van.


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