This conversation really happened. I’m not really sure who is the most embarrassed… maybe you can decide.
Driving out of town on friday afternoon, now you know that driving can get a bit boring but along the way there are things to distract and give amusement.
The scene is set, driving along the Long Island Expressway, the King announces “That’s a big ‘Merican flag!”
Grand Master D: “It’s a fur bikini!”
The King: “Wait What? How do you know about that?”
Miss Gremlin: “A what?”
At this point I’m thinking what the hell are they talking about , because I wasn’t really paying attention.. because, you know, twitter and facebook!
But I’m tuned in now…
The King asks again:” How do you know about that?”
GMD :”Conan,…………..long uncomfortable pause, thinking, shit, I’ve said too much.
Me: “Maybe you shouldn’t be watching Conan! And what is it again?”
King: “A merkin”
Me: “What the hell is that? Ok how do you spell that? I’m googling it”
GMD: “Um … M-e-r?”
ME : “never mind! I found it OMG! Grand Master D, how did you know about this?”
Miss Gremlin: “What the?” (no she’s not allowed to say ‘what the’ but I let it slide, you understand) “Who would want a fur bikini?”
The car broke out in to uncontrollable fits of laughter for a long time, miles even. We all had tears rolling down our faces, gasping for breath and I came really close to peeing!
Here’s the definition:
The Oxford Companion to the Body dates the origin of the pubic wig to the 1450s. According to the publication, women would shave their pubic hair for personal hygiene and to combat pubic lice. They would then don a merkin. Also, prostitutes would wear a merkin to cover up signs of disease, such as syphilis.
It has also been suggested that when male actors played female parts onstage, they would cover their genitals with a merkin so they could expose themselves as women in nude scenes.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary first use of the term itself was in 1617.
So if you didn’t know what a merkin was before, now you do! If you did… why didn’t you tell me? How come I had to learn it from my 12 year old who desperately wanted to change the subject!