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March 22, 2022


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I first encountered the word in the text adventure game Beyond Zork as a teenager in the 1980s. In that game it *is* an animal (though not a mink, nor a dog -- it's canonically a cross between a kitten and a koala that digs for truffles) and there's even a picture of it in the manual. It took me many, many years to realize that when someone called a woman a "minx" that is not what they were thinking!

In the UK children's comic,The Beano, in the 1950s Minnie the Minx was something like Nancy.

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