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Fur trade magazine changes name. The Beaver is no more ...

by Bill Osler / January 12, 2010 5:04 AM PST
Canada's The Beaver magazine renamed to end porn mix-up - Yahoo! News
"Several readers asked us to change the title because their spam filters at home or at work were blocking it," she said. "I've even had emails bounce back because I had inadvertently typed the term in the heading."

"Nearly a century ago, it probably seemed the perfect name for a magazine about the fur trade and Canada's northwest frontier. There was only one interpretation for the word then.

I can't believe how stupid some porn filters are.
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Haven't heard that reference in quite a while...
by Steven Haninger / January 12, 2010 5:54 AM PST

maybe since the '60 and '70s. Of course we were watching Beaver Cleaver and no one gave a smirk. Speaking of porn, an article I read today (I won't dare link to it) suggested that "Adult" movie makers have fallen on hard times with the recession. Poor babies. Maybe they could ask for a bailout.

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Wouldn't "hard times" be a good thing in that business?
by Josh K / January 12, 2010 6:24 AM PST

Just sayin'.

I do think "beaver" is a 70s term, but you reminded me of that joke about June Cleaver saying to her husband, "Ward, don't you think you've been a bit hard on the Beaver lately?"


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That's bad!
by Bill Osler / January 12, 2010 8:28 AM PST

Both the subject AND the content. LOL!

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For that joke
by Steven Haninger / January 12, 2010 8:48 AM PST

you need to be properly flagellated. Happy

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An historical sidelight for you. The term "beaver" was used
by Ziks511 / January 12, 2010 11:33 AM PST

among kids in the late 19th century to identify that they had spotted a man wearing a beard. It was sort of a game where you tried to collect more "beavers" than your friends during a walk, or during a day.

C'mon, who else can tell you these things.

The true birth of the US as a world power lies in the period from 1875 to 1916. The incredible growth of its industrial and natural resources base, and its wealth. That's why I chose to do my dissertation on it. I may not have finished it, but its a great period to examine to reveal trends that continue today.


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Additional historical insight...
by J. Vega / January 12, 2010 12:48 PM PST

I checked a standard reference book on slang. After the use you mentioned, it said:
n 1920's British The female genitals, esp with a display of public hair - First attested when the cry Beaver!,usu uttered at the sighted a bearded man, is uttered at the sight of a woman's public hair, seen through a keyhole.

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