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why do people say “don’t be a pussy” when talking about weakness more like “don’t be a man’s ego” because you know there isn’t nothing more fragile than that
because “pussy” is the shortened form of the word “pusillanimous”, which means “timid, cowardly”
and not the slang word for the female genital region?
literally no one else knows this. nobody.
Yes, but think about what was just said: literally no one else knows this.
That includes the people who use “pussy” as an insult. They’re using it because being compared to a vagina is what they think is insulting. Before this post, when’s the last time you heard anyone mention “pusillanimous”? You probably haven’t. Because that’s not what people think it means anymore.
The intent behind a word is more important in defining the insult (and thus, the character of the insulter,) than whatever historic meaning or context the word once had. When people use it today, what they mean is “you are like the defining characteristic of a woman, the essence of womanhood, and that makes you weak and inferior”. Knowing the word’s origin doesn’t change that modern intent.