Yesterday, Sarah met some friends for lunch. They were seated near two tables of very Uptown ladies. The two tables exchanged introductions. "So-and-so, do you know so-and-so? So-and-so, do you know Muffy?"
Muffy, huh? I didn't think any Muffys actually still existed. Sure, the nickname was probably assigned long before "muff" acquired its current connotations, but I assumed the Muffys would have all quietly dropped it long ago in favor of something a little less, um, gynecological - Buffy, or Cookie, or something.
And speaking of gynecological, a college friend had a sister with an even more problematic family nickname. Pussy. I ain't lyin'. They have photo albums full of pictures with labels like "Pussy on the beach." Our friend explained that his parents were both Lutheran ministers and consequently not tuned in to the names vulgar resonations. I suppose so, but really? Pussy?
I wonder what they called their cat?