I’m reading an autobiography written in the 1940s, and came across the sentence

I was pussy.

Clearly the word didn’t mean then what it means now, and I was having a heck of a time figuring out what he meant until I found an online Webster’s Dictionary from 1828 that cleared up the confusion:  it used to mean “short and fat.”


2 thoughts on “Words

  1. …but with the fat shaming that goes along, the definition has not changed that much from its original pejorative with regard to men …


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