Cougar guide older women dating younger men valerie gibson
It is supposed to mean an older or mature female who dates younger men.
It took me a while to read all past forums and archived information. I’m hoping someone can answer for me the origin of the slang word ‘cougar’.
I’ve been told the implied use was a Canadian creation in use for at least 20 years. and it is the name of a recent television reality show. Ulli Most of its popularity stems from a 2001 book by Valerie Gibson, called Cougar: A Guide for Older Women Dating Younger Men.
However, I can’t find any information that confirms that. This is the sort of book you buy as a joke for your newly single women friends, but one that they will read with interest when no one else is around.
When seeking the origin of terms, lexicographers look for printed evidence.
In hunting cougars – the term, not the women or the wild cats – I found a March 3, 2001, article in the Globe and Mail of Toronto which credits “cougar” to a Canadian website called Cougardate.com, which the story says was started in 1999.
So, 1999 is the earliest probable date we have for the term and it’s fairly reliable. The information you provided has been extremely helpful. Ulli I’ve been helping an ESPN reporter with this very question for a few days, so I can report that 1999 is a solid date--there is additional evidence to endorse it--and that anecodotal evidence has been collected from Canadians who were young and widely dispersed in Western Canada in the early 1990s that strongly supports its use then. I appreciate any information I can find on that topic.
There are still numerous leads that have yet to bear any fruit, though, so we may learn more later. I’m interested in phrases, idioms, metaphors, proverbs, etc., that involve animals.
Call it a fascination, I want to know how many of the idioms are scientifically (realistically) valid, based on each animal’s known behavior, husbandry, history, and association with the human species.
I’m a volunteer with the Oregon Humane Society’s Technical Animal Rescue Team (Portland, Oregon USA.) When I’m not training to rappel down the sides of cliffs rescuing man’s clumsy best friend, I teach school children about animal adaptations and proper pet care.
The etymology of animal related words is a great teaching tool, and the children gain a larger vocabulary!