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01 December 2010

Polite way of talking about breasts

What do you call "breasts"? And how have these terms changed through the ages?

It's a welcome and relatively recent development that we can generally talk about breasts as, well, breasts. For long ages they may have been considered desirable, but were not acceptable as topics for polite conversation. Slang and rude terms abounded, but also a rather large array of more or less polite words were used to make conversation more comfortable. Some may remember the classic comic dialogues of Pete and Dud (Peter Cook and Dudley Moore) which spoke of "the busty substances".

Less formally, one might speak of her Cleavage, and photographs which displayed the amiable cleft were known as "Cheesecake". Admiring comments on nipples have been addressed to the Big Brown Eyes, so "She's got a nice pair of eyes" was a rather ambiguous compliment. "Jugs" is a term fondly used in some quarters, and a well-endowed though minor British Princess is reputed to have the family nickname of "Jugs".

 
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