* Irony: Many usages of mink are usually in direct conflict with an opposite usage or meaning; therein lying the irony. Often the meaning can change depending on the context and tone.
* Origins (many): In British slang, "minky" can be used to describe a woman's desirable sex or her genitalia directly ("mink" or "minky"), and can sometimes also be found used in combination with "cheeky monkey". Also related is "minger" used to describe an undesirable and unseemly woman or her sex directly; a "Minx" is a "pert, flirtatious and impudent young woman". In Native American folklore, the reputation of the actual animal's spirit in is known as a trickster and fire-starter, much like the coyote.