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20 definitions by Twathenge

 
1.
An upper-class town or suburb populated by materialistic people; the men are souless strivers and the women who are automatons.

The fictional town of Stepford, Connecticut actually is Darien, Connecticut, so-called by Ira Levin in his novel "The Stepford Wives" as it is near Stamford, Connecticut, thus: a "Step" from Stam-"ford." Darien is the home of many rich executives and professionals who commute to New York City.

"'Stepford' is the fictional upper-class Connecticut town inhabited by men with animatronic spouses in Ira Levin's slyly satirical 'The Stepford Wives.'"
by Twathenge April 14, 2006
 
2.
A white person who is sexually attracted to or amorously involved with a so-called Negro; usage circa 1960s.

Etymology: The word was current in the early to mid-1960s, before the black power movement replaced the word "Negro" with "Afro-American" and "Black" in polite conversation. The word is featured in the title of Guy D. St. Lazare's 1966 pulp novel "The Young Negrosexuals".
"They came to love negroes."

"What were they called?"

"They were called: THE YOUNG NEGROSEXUALS"

-- jacket blurb from G.D. St. Lazare's novel "The Young Negrosexuals" (New York: Berkely Original, 1966)
by Twathenge April 07, 2006
 
3.
A prostitute, often an amateur or a part-time street girl; a midinette. Victorian-era slang.
"Francis has picked 'imself up another dollymop, 'e as," Gerald told me later that night.
by Twathenge April 10, 2006
 
4.
A brothel.

Etymology: Since the Elizabethan era, nun has been slang for a prostitute (ref. William Faulkner, "Requiem for a Nun"), and a nunnery referred to a brothel.

See also: Abbess, Bordello, Brothel, Nun, Whorehouse
"Polly Adler, in her memoir 'A House is Not a Home,' tells of her time as the abbess of the Big Town's poshest nunnery."

Walter Winchell, 1953
by Twathenge April 10, 2006
 
5.
Female brothel keeper. A Madame.

Etymology: Victorian underworld slang. An abbess (Latin abbatissa, fem. form of abbas, abbot) is the female superior, or Mother Superior, of an abbey or convent of nuns. Since the Elizabethan era, nun has been slang for a prostitute (ref. William Faulkner, "Requiem for a Nun"), and a nunnery referred to a brothel.
"Polly Adler, in her memoir 'A House is Not a Home,' tells of her time as the abbess of the Big Town's poshest nunnery."

Walter Winchell, 1953
by Twathenge April 10, 2006
 
6.
Tiny Twatland

1.) The colloquial name for a house of prostitution located at 43rd St. and 6th Ave. in Manhattan run by the infamous early 20th Century courtesan Madam Francine "Flo" McGuillicuddy. So-called because of the stocking of the house with underage girls that had flocked to New York City seeking a career in show business on Broadway.

2.) A later bawdy house located in a walk-up tenement building located in the 400 block of 42nd St. between 9th and 10th Avenues. This humpty dump (low-grade whorehouse) earned the sobriquet in the immediate post-World War II period, allegedly as it featured female midgets from the nearby entertainment establishment Hubert's Dime Museum, which closed in 1957. According to the book "Ghosts of 42nd. St.", while there never was a documented case of there actually having been midget prostitutes on the Times Square police blotters, the second incarnation of "Tiny Twatland" did offer a special rate to performers at the Dime Museum, which featured freaks made famous by the photographs of Diane Arbus.
"Let's go over to Tiny Twatland and get us a peice o' ass," Shorty said.

"No thanks," I replied after locking the door beind me.

"Wassa matter, Paco," the midget said. "Don't you have any loose dollars in your jeans?"

"I need my tip money to pay the rent."

"Come on," the Lilliputian performer said. "I'll spring for you -- but just this once."

As quick as a dose of the clap, his saucer-sized countenance corkscrewed, his yellowed celluloid eyes clenched half-closed, cracking the smooth baby face into massive fault lines of wrinkles. It was if a cheap China doll had fallen from the shill's shelf, now held at an arm's length for inspection, broken. Shelling out actually pained him, seared his pocket-size soul, even the idea of it. Like all freaks, money was God, the only thing between him and a cardboard coffin slung into an unmarked, unmourned, and even worse for a performer -- unremarkable grave in the wet clay of Hart's Island.

-- Henry Chinaski, "The Piss-wild Horses of Perdition" (Black Sparrow Press, 1973)
by Twathenge April 07, 2006
 
7.
Phrase attributed to 1930s movie star Carole Lombard after being exposed as having an adulterous affair with Clark Gable.
"At a hastily called press conference, the exasperated Lombard allegedly shouted, 'Cock-a-doodle-do! Any cock will do!' out of frustration.

"Needless to say, due to the times, none of those present printed her words, but bad blood continued between Lombard and an outraged Louella Parsons until Lombard's death."

-- Jim Bacon, "Gable & Lombard: A Romance Made in Hollywood" (Parade Magazine, November 25, 1963)
by Twathenge April 10, 2006