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Old 12-14-2011, 03:24 PM
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The evolution of "fanny"

Just wondering: in America, fanny is an innocuous, somewhat childish term for the butt. In England, and Australia, and probably other English-speaking countries as well, fanny is a crude term for female genitalia.
How did the American fanny go from front to back and rude to something you'd say to a class of kindergarteners? Did the meaning and the politeness level change at the same time, or did one come before the other?
 

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