What are "susans?"
August 29, 2011 9:00 AM Subscribe
"Ladies with their 'susans' showing?" My google-fu failed this one! What is a susan, if it's not lazy and not an actual person's name?
posted by Rosie M. Banks to Writing & Language (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Some time ago, an article about British writer Jilly Cooper
appeared in the Guardian. The following sentence appears in the first paragraph:
"...the day-to-day business of winning international trophies and large (always rather baffling) financial contracts is conducted by ladies with their susans showing
I figured that "susans" probably means either breasts or panties, assuming Cooper's heroines flash things at work that real-life women usually don't. But I can't find the term in any dictionary - not Wiktionary, not other online dictionaries, nor lists of Cockney rhyming slang. Is "susans" a common slang term in the UK? If so, what does it mean? Or did the author Zoe Williams just make it up?
I've been scratching my head for some time, and my usual sources have completely failed me on this one. So I'm turning to the green.