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gardening

verb; other word formation type semantic change via metaphor
To either trim or groom one’s pubic hair. Speakers originally used “gardening” to refer to cultivating or working in a garden. Over time, female speakers eventually created and adopted a new definition of gardening to metaphorically refer to grooming their pubic hair. This may have occurred because women tended to be more in tune with keeping that region clean and neat. Male speakers began to also adopt this new definition. Female and male speakers often use this term as a euphemism for waxing or shaving in order to be more discreet when communicating with others.
 
Lisa is gardening because her boyfriend is spending the night.
Etymology : garden n. + -ing suffix/present particple; garden from Old North French “gardin,” from Vulgar Latin "hortus gardinus" meaning enclosed garden
Source : Conversation with suitemate. November 13, 2013
Last modified: 21 November 2013


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