Feeling fancy(work) free...
June 2, 2010 5:48 AM Subscribe
Calling all English word-nerds and/or Japanese translators: have you ever heard the term "fancywork" used to refer to male genitalia?
posted by dubitable to Writing & Language (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A friend of mine who is Japanese sent me an email this morning, where she asked me to look at the definition for "fancywork" (in an English -> Japanese dictionary). The first definition makes sense and refers to needlework and handmade crafts and whatnot, but the second is "Penis, male genitalia." （ペニス、男性器）.
She wants to know if this is possible or something strange. I'm an American so perhaps this is another country's English usage for "fancywork?" I mean, that could be plausible. My googling is leading me down into a morass of bad porn when I try to research this though.
Alternatively, could this just be some strange mistake? Any chance some trickster made this up when translating the dictionary entry into Japanese? (Part of me thinks that would be great, albeit highly unlikely).