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Lady Gaga’s mega-hit song Poker Face in which she describes flirtation/seduction in terms of playing cards where her true intentions are hidden, has a line in it, “I’m just bluffin’ with my muffin”. In the video she gestures to her crotch to underscore the meaning of “muffin”.
I had never heard “muffin” as slang for a woman’s genitals before, but apparently the song has generated widespread use of the term in this way and I’ve seen several websites credit Gaga with creating a neologism here.
In fact it does not appear to be a neologism because The Online Dictionary of American Slang has a 2003 entry (http://onlineslangdictionary.com/definition+of/muffin) for muffin referring to the “vagina”. I assume this is an annoyingly common misuse of “vagina” to mean vulva (a misuse popularized and reinforced by Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues )
In any case, have I just been out of the loop and has “muffin” been used this way for a long time? Any idea of its origin? “Muffin” is a widely-used term of endearment, and “stud muffin” refers to a sexy man. If I had to guess about “muffin” referring to the vulva I might suggest it derived from “muff” to mean a woman’s pubic hair, but that would be speculation. What’s the earliest use of this?
Thanks in advance.