Most Common Slang Words for Vagina

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The vagina is, of course, the correct word to describe female genitals. But while 'vagina' is the clinically correct term, squeamishness continues to surround the use of the word. In addition, discussion of genitals (male or female) is often considered racy or even obscene.

These cultural issues have given rise to the development of an incredible range of slang terms for the vagina. Some of these terms are essentially euphemisms—terms that are considered to be acceptable even in the mainstream media.

Others are childish or silly, while still others are degrading or even downright disgusting.

Cultural Squeamishness 

The use of the word vagina has always caused cultural discomfort. Use of any terms related to sexuality (particularly female sexuality) have long been banned from network television. In 1972, comedian George Carlin created a now-famous monologue called "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." Carlin's intent was to illustrate how refusal to use words gives them power. As he said in an NPR interview in 2004:

These words have no power. We give them this power by refusing to be free and easy with them. We give them great power over us. They really, in themselves, have no power. It's the thrust of the sentence that makes them either good or bad.

While some discomfort over the use of sexual terminology has eased up with the rise of cable and streaming media, our cultural squeamishness has not disappeared.

Two examples that illustrate this cultural squeamishness are:

  • the ongoing controversy that surrounds the performance of playwright Eve Ensler's groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues
  • Vaginagate, an incident in June 2012 in which a female legislator uttered the "V" word on the floor of the Michigan state house and encountered a backlash from Republican male colleagues

    Because of this discomfort, in recent years the term "vajayjay" has entered into popular usage and is frequently heard on TV in shows ranging from Oprah to Grey's Anatomy.

    In previous generations, children (particularly girls) have been encouraged to use "nicer" words such as peach, flower, or kitty, but with increased awareness of child sexual abuse nearly all educational experts stress that children be taught the correct word "vagina" and other body parts.

    Commonly Used Terms for Vagina

    Below is a breakdown of the most commonly used terms and slang for vagina; the categories are somewhat arbitrary. The meaning of each slang word is the same, but its implications vary depending not only on the term itself but also on the way in which it is used.

    Slang Words (Single Words)

    vajayjay

    vag

    twat

    slit

    snatch

    cooch

    coochie

    cooter

    cooze

    coozie

    gash

    hole

    muff

    flange

    minge

    box

    quim

    pocketbook

    poon

    poontang

    purse

    fud (Scottish term)

    Polite Slang Phrases (Two or More Words)

    nether regions

    lady garden

    girly bits

    private parts

    Slang Phrases (Two or More Words)

    mossy cleft

    hot box

    squeeze box

    vertical smile

    cha cha

    love tunnel

    Food-Related Slang

    cherry

    bearded clam

    furry taco

    tuna taco

    fur burger

    cream pie

    beef curtains

    meat curtains

    meat sleeve

    hair pie

    honey pot

    Animal-Related Slang

    beaver

    pussy

    kitty

    rat

    panty hamster

    Words Used by (or Around) Children

    privates

    private parts

    bits

    down there

    peach

    flower

    kitty

    tutu

    wee wee

    no no

    cookie

    muffin

    cupcake

    tweeny (between legs)

    fanny (used in Australia and New Zealand)

    front butt

    who hoo/woo hoo

    hoo hoo

    foo foo

    Vulgar/Four-Letter Word

    cunt

     

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