At first, I thought it was just me. At a restaurant, I got some bad iced tea and asked the waitress for a fresh glass because what I’d gotten tasted “skanky”. I’ll never forget the look my boyfriend-at-the-time gave me.
To me, skanky means yucky, dirty, or nasty. To him, it meant . . . hmm, there’s no delicate way to put this, so forgive me, Nickrz . . . to him, it meant cunt. And not just any c***, but unhygenic, distasteful, barely worthwhile c***. A man looking for some skank is usually going to put on beer goggles for the evening, if you follow my drift.
So, I asked around a bit, and every guy I asked agreed with my boyfriend. I had, apparently, told the waitress that my tea tasted like dirty vagina.
Every woman I asked thought the same as I did. Nasty, dirty, icky, but without any sexual - let alone female genitalial - connotation. I’ve even heard two or three women use the word in passing, and they are just not the sort who would throw “c***” around.
Anyone else run into this dichotomy? Has it occurred with any words other than “skank” or “skanky”? I’m also thinking that it’s American, as a Canadian show I loved, “Forever Knight”, had a character named Skanky.