Douche! (Variants: douchebag, douchenozzle).
It’s funny, right? Calling someone–usually a man–a douche is funny, because it associates him with an unpleasant process, and it implies a weakness and/or stupidity that d!ck doesn’t. (D!ck is still an insult, but because of its association with male genitalia, there’s a recognition of power in calling someone a d!ck that the other d-word doesn’t have.) This is an insult that appears to have gained popularity in the past five or ten years, with people who are younger than me (20s and 30s, from what I can tell).
I don’t like it and I don’t use the word because it appears to me to get its insulting kick from its association with ladyparts, which we all know are nasty, smelly, leaky, and disgusting. That’s what douching is for, right? To attempt to manage or correct all of that nasty, smelly, leaking, disgusting mess. Am I right, or is there a feminist, non self-loathing understanding or interpretation of douche that I haven’t yet grasped? (Are we at the point where douche is insulting not because of its association with fixing ladyparts, but because of the insultit offers to women’s ladyparts? I’d like to think so, but I’m skeptical. The ungendered version of this kind of insult would be calling someone an “enema,” I guess. I once heard someone called a “ground glass enema,” which painted a pretty vivid portrait of how irritating ze was.)
All of you youngsters, and oldsters and lexicographers, please fill me in on this.