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September 30, 2021


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The pudendum article got me wondering how common that kind of meaning is cross-linguistically. The German word for "pubic hair" is Schamhaar, literally "shame hair." And apparently Scham was once used to refer to the pubic region or to the vulva specifically, though that use is dated now. It makes me wonder if they simply translated the Latin term or if it was a common concept, at least in Europe.

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