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A brief history of the word 'bussy'

A brief history of the word 'bussy'

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A rapper using the term "bussy" has caused some people to question if the straights really know what the term means.

For many gay men, the word “bussy” is a normal part of everyday language. But what happens when the word crosses over into straight culture?

As with many slang terms that originated in queer culture (and especially Black queer culture), the term “bussy” has been crossing over into mainstream culture a lot more in recent years. So much so that the term is starting to become watered down. But what does it originally mean?

Canadian rapper Eric Reprid is causing the word to have a minor bussysance, as the artist used the popular gay term in his new song “SUKI.”

The 25-year-old emcee, who as far as we know has yet to ever talk about how he identifies when it come to his sexuality, posted a video of him performing the song, in which he raps “I fuck so much pussy, I might switch to bussy” in the chorus, leading many to question if he actually knows what the word means.

If he does, and he’s saying that he’s had so much sex with women, he’s now open to having sex with men, then good for him!

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Now, for those like Eric who probably don’t know, bussy is a mashup of the words “boy” and “pussy,” and is used to describe a man's (or sometimes a trans woman’s) asshole, especially if they are using it to receive sex. According to an Urban Dictionary entry from 2007, at that time the word had “been used for at least 15 years by gay men to describe their man hole of love!” That’s going back to at least 1992!

The word became popular online among straight people when BuzzFeed started including it in thirst tweets that it would have celebs read in its BuzzFeed Celebs video series.

Back in 2019, Rocketman star Taron Egerton was reading thirst tweets about him for a video. One tweet read: “Taron Egerton is a white boy that I trust to destroy my bussy.”

“What does that mean?” a confused Egerton asked.

In another BuzzFeed video, super producer Jack Antonoff was reading thirst tweets when he came across one that said, “damn jack antonoff come produce this bussy.”

“Is this slang? Bussy?” Antonoff asked. “Can you guys tell me about this slang? I don’t like it. Oh, it’s a boy pussy? I haven’t heard this. I do like it.”

Then again, when Dylan O’Brien appeared on the series, he read a tweet that said, “my bussy belongs to dylan o’brien,” leading him to ask if it was a typo.

In 2022, the American Dialet Society announced that “ussy” was its Word of the Year.

“The selection of the suffix -ussy highlights how creativity in new word formation has been embraced online in venues like TikTok. The playful suffix builds off the word pussy to generate new slang terms. The process has been so productive lately on social media sites and elsewhere that it has been dubbed -ussification,” a release at the time said.

For some reason, at the time of this writing, Merriam-Webster defines “bussy” as a dialectal term for sweetheart, something we’ve never heard nor seen anywhere else.

Thankfully, though, brave soldiers like Lil Nas X are fighting to ensure that future generations know what the word actually means.

In June 2022, Lil Nas X tweeted: “for pride month it’s really important that our government finally takes a stand and adds bussy to the dictionary.”


Even got in on the fun, replying “we added WAP to the dictionary, so anything’s possible.”

Hopefully, we can get an official definition on the books soon, so that straight people will finally know what a bussy really is.

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Mey Rude

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.