Posted by ESC on June 26, 2003
In Reply to: Tipping the velvet posted by ESC on June 26, 2003
: : : : When did this euphemism start? and exctly who did it refer to?
: : : VELVET - The tongue in expressions such as "tip the velvet." Cant., late 1600s, British English. (From "Slang and Euphemism: A Dictionary of Oaths, Curses, Insults, Ethnic Slurs, Sexual Slang and Metaphor, Drug Talk, College Lingo and Related Matters" by Richard A. Spears (New American Library, Penguin Putnam, New York, Third Edition, 2001)
: : That's handy for origin, but it doesn't say what it means - "tipping" would imply the use of a tip - eg the tip of a tongue - "the velvet" well the tongue does have a velvety quality - whilst the expression initially suggests using the tip of the tongue, I guess it refers to cunnilingus, as a woman's "secret garden" could also be described as "the velvet", could it not?
: It didn't say what it means. And I don't think I want to know.
I've seen the light. There's a series on BBC America -- Tipping the Velvet. I've only watched part of an episode but it's about two young women in love. Or something like it.