Common Slang Words for Vagina
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.
The use of the word vagina has always caused cultural controversy. Use of any terms related to sexuality (particularly female sexuality) has 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.
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)
fud (Scottish term)
Polite Slang Phrases (Two or More Words)
Slang Phrases (Two or More Words)
Words Used by (or Around) Children
tweeny (between legs)
fanny (used in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand)