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Whats does "woman front bits" actually means?

This question is surprisingly inspired by one of the answers to this question: "Is there any slang I should avoid in the UK or Ireland". It is appropriate to quote it here:

Avoid the use of the word "fanny", as it is slang for, ah, a woman's front bits. Be very careful when referring to your fanny pack!

In dictionary I have it is written that "fanny" indeed is a British English pejorative term for female genitalia. On the other hand, in urban dictionary we can read about two different meanings of "front bits" term:

  • The male private parts.
  • the way a Brit explains breasts.

So, not that it is the most important slang word in my life, but what does this term exactly mean talking of women.

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In the US, fanny is a euphemism for buttocks. I can't wrap my mind around bringing fanny round to the front. :) –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jul 25 '12 at 9:49
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I think it's the front side of labia majora, aka "cameltoe". –  SF. Jul 25 '12 at 9:52
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As the "ah" in OP's citation implies, the writer is being exceptionally delicate/prissy. The standard form of the euphemism (always somewhat facetious/jocular) is "front bottom". –  FumbleFingers Jul 25 '12 at 12:45
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@cornbread ninja: We Brits always have to wrap our minds around your "damned Yankee" usage. If a lady with an American accent says "My fanny is sore" we understand what she means without getting all worked up about it. If a lady with a British accent says it (in mixed company) we probably assume she's not really a "lady" at all (she's most likely a drunken slag! :) –  FumbleFingers Jul 25 '12 at 12:50
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Strange this is the 10th word I know about females private parts in English. –  speedyGonzales Jul 25 '12 at 13:34

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In the UK, certainly, a fanny is slang for vagina.

A lady's front bits would definitely mean vagina and not breasts. A less-oft-used term is "front bum" which is also slang for vagina.

I have never known front bits refer to breasts.

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In the US, front bum (butt, as we call it) refers to the unfortunate circumstance of being heavy enough to have a sub-navel, frontal protrusion resembling buttocks. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jul 25 '12 at 14:15

In British English fanny means a woman's genitals, and the NOAD adds also that it means a person's buttocks. Actually, the NOAD reports first "a person's buttocks," and then the British meaning.

The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary says that bits means a person's genitals, or a woman's breasts. The same dictionary says that fanny means the female genitals, or the buttocks (in North American); it also adds the word can be used in combination with other words, such as in fanny belt, or fanny pack.

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