Sunday, December 7, 2008

Kuch cooch

As I went about my day, pondering whether "jo koii" or "jo kuch" was the better way for me to be saying "whatever" in my head, it suddenly occurred to me that the word "kuch" is pronounced the same way as the word "cooch," familiar to us all from the cooch dancers in Carnivale. (The same word occurs in the phrase "hootchie cootchie").

Unfortunately, my Oxford English Dictionary is still in storage, and I'm not sure a low-brow word like "cooch" would even be in it, so I have no reliable means handy of tracking the origin. I suppose it's possible that there's something in the Indo-European Wayback, although coincidence is more likely. Nonetheless, it does occur to me that the Hindi "kuch kuch" would literally be "something something," and "a little somethin' somethin' " was a cooch dancer's business...

3 comments:

the ppcc said...

OMG you're a genius. How did I never see this?!

Anarchivist said...

The line between smart aleck and genius is very thin...

Beth said...

Hmm. I thought "cooch" was with the really "ooooooooo" sound, not the "book" sound that is in kuch. My eastern midwestern regional pronunciation variation is showing!

Still. Good point.