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Unknown. First attested in the Edo period in the Kantō region, and until relatively recently use was confined to this area. Most likely theories of origin suggest:
- a contraction of 女の子 (menoko, “female child”)
- an alteration of 真処 (mako, “center (of the body)”)
- a shortening of 万幸 (mankō, “10,000 happinesses”)
- an alteration of the Old Japanese みと (mito, “genitalia in general, either male or female”)
- a derivation from the Sinitic 門口／门口 (ménkǒu, “gate, doorway”), from a reading of menkō rather than the expected on'yomi of monkō
- (vulgar, slang) female genitals: a cunt, a pussy
- (affectionate) pussy
- (Internet slang, derogatory, offensive) a woman
- Only used as slang. Never in medical situations.
- Considered harsher than おまんこ (omanko).
Appears to be specific to the Tsugaru dialect spoken at the northern end of Honshū.
Full derivation unknown. The final こ (ko) is almost certainly the nominalizing suffix, but the preceding まん (man) is uncertain.
- Entry at Nihon Jiten (in Japanese)
|For pronunciation and definitions of まんこ – see the following entry.|
|(This term, まんこ, is the hiragana spelling of the above term.)|
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