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Some slang I hadn't heard before--

In my spam-file on G-mail, "Hot, mature cougars looking for love!"

Eh?

So, apparently a cougar is an older, somewhat predatory woman? I did NOT know that, but it certainly wasn't the first thing that sprang to mind.

[edit: No, I actually haven't followed a TV series or otherwise plugged into mainstream culture since like '95 or so...I feel so dated!]

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renegade500
Jul. 27th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Specifically who looks for love with much younger men.
spottylogic
Jul. 27th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay :) I just haven't been very plugged into mainstream media for, like, 10 years apparently...
captain_slinky
Jul. 27th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Well let me be the first to welcome you here to 1998! it's an exciting new world here... there's a brand new version of Microsoft Windows for your computer, but you'll really need a 56k dial-up modem to take advantage of all the awesome internet features they've incorporated. I'll turn on the radio for you so you can listen o some Celine Dion or Shania Twain while you watch that awesome new Spongebob Squarepants TV show on Nickelodeon, and maybe later on we'll go see a great new movie like "Saving Private Ryan" or "Armageddon" in a theater!

* * *

Sorry, but once I started i just couldn't stop :) This was really the first time you've heard the term "Cougar"? That's just... that's just... it's the most amazing thing I've heard all morning!
baktre
Jul. 27th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
See, this is what he gets for using the BBC as his pop culture conduit. :)
spottylogic
Jul. 27th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Right. *and* I listen to the old fart channel on the BBC, too.
spottylogic
Jul. 27th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Pbftbth. Your mockery will be remembered when the revolution comes! Sorry, no, I'd never heard that word before, I'm not up on my straight slang. Or gay slang. Or slang in general, if it's not in Oxford I want naught to do with it :)
captain_slinky
Jul. 27th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Well then let me update you... Hot elderly female preying upon the young is a "Cougar", hot elderly male preying upon the young is a "Silver Fox". Makes no difference if it's straight/gay/vegisexual, and can be taken to new heights of irony by those in the Fursuit community :)

spottylogic
Jul. 27th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
*puts on spectacles, consults Oxford.* Fye on you, sower of confusion and lexical discord!
tenar10r
Jul. 27th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Cougar? what cougar?
Mrow? *hopes no one notices she is 12 (almost 13) years older than her husband*
spottylogic
Jul. 27th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Cougar? what cougar?
*snickers* Mademoiselle, Anyone who spells "Photoshop" as "Photoshoppe" clearly has to be re-evaluated in terms of age-dynamic :)
drleo
Jul. 27th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's a good slang. It's universally older women looking for younger men. "Cougar" is generally over 40. I've also heard "puma" to refer to a woman over 30 looking for a substantially younger man.

The funniest I heard was "leopard," referring to an even older woman, like over 50 or 60. Why? Leopards have spots. :)
tekiewolf
Jul. 27th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Well... people over 50 and 60 have those liver spots on their skin, maybe that's the correlation :P
drleo
Jul. 27th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's the joke.
tekiewolf
Jul. 27th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Ah, sorry, haven't had any coffee yet.
carlhh
Jul. 27th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
I actually haven't followed a TV series or otherwise plugged into mainstream culture since like '95 or so...

A quicky google search says the term dates to the mid '80s, so you need a different excuse. :P
paka
Jul. 27th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel better, I hadn't known about the slang term since the 2008 election when it was applied to Hilary Clinton, who I cannot actually in any way see as sexy.
mielikki
Jul. 28th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Herm, yes. I see.
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