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In Australia the word Minge refers to the female pubic hair and gets its name from the combination of the words Moot and Fringe.—This unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 00:50, 5 August 2007.

The Australian word almost certainly comes from the British word, which has citations back at least to 1901. As for the etymology, the best guess is that it comes from minger for —This unsigned comment was added by Williamsayers79 (talkcontribs) at 11:26, 3 October 2006.
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Sense - cat. Any takers? SemperBlotto 17:06, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Supportable from groups. An excellent application of the new citations namespace, because the quotations I saw are not great usage examples, though useful for attestation. DCDuring 17:38, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

The sense of cat makes "sense" : via the meaning Pussy of the original. Interesting btw, that the Romani word was turned into Mensch in German, which on the surface is the common word for human., but is used among males as "Dein Mensch", meaning your wife, your girlfriend. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 18:37, 30 July 2009.


minger |ˈmi ng ər| noun Brit. informal an unattractive or unpleasant person or thing: Why can't anyone see that Spencer is a complete minger? ORIGIN 1990s: from minging.

Doesn't the Wik entry need another look?

--UnicornTapestry 01:52, 18 October 2009 (UTC)

It's straightforward... From the OED:

Meng v. Obs. exc. Dial. ... OE mengan.. etc. The normal form in modern English would be minge. 1.Te mix, mingle, blend 4.a. trans. To bring (living creatures) together, to join (the male with the female). 4.b. refl. pass and intr. Of persons: To be mingled together in intercourse With references back to 900AD. —This unsigned comment was added by JohnMack (talkcontribs).

RFV discussion: October–November 2012[edit]

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Rfv-sense: A housecat

I've lived in the north of England most of my life, and I've never, ever heard anyone call their cat a minge, nor can I imagine anyone doing so. I found one book that claims this, but it's just a toilet book (apparently American) so I wouldn't put much stock in its scholarship (he might even have got the idea from us - the book is from 2010 but the edit dates back to 2008). Is this just confusion with the dual meanings of pussy, or do people actually call their cats "minges". Supposedly went through RFV in 2008, but I can't find any archive of this and the citations page is blank. Smurrayinchester (talk) 14:02, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

The discussion (archived on the talk page) suggests the term was passed because Usenet citations existed, but they were not actually added. This time around, they can be added, if they exist... - -sche (discuss) 18:54, 3 October 2012 (UTC)
I've lived in the North of England my whole life (albeit only in one city) and I've never heard of this. Mglovesfun (talk) 21:22, 3 October 2012 (UTC)
It's the only ever addition by (talk). Mglovesfun (talk) 21:25, 3 October 2012 (UTC)
I've had a look on Google Groups. A lot of hits from people who've called their cats "Minge" (Minge, Ginger Minge and the Monsters of Minge) as a proper noun, but beyond that every use seemed to mean "vagina". Smurrayinchester (talk) 14:27, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
RFV-failed. - -sche (discuss) 08:21, 12 November 2012 (UTC)