Hanging a doughnut
Posted: 16 June 2007 11:41 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I’ve just come across this phrase for being pregnant on another forum, used by someone from the UK. Google turns up a few hits. Is anyone else familiar with it, and how recent is it?

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Posted: 20 June 2007 08:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Are you sure it was used to mean “pregnant”? Jonathon Green’s Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang (2e) has as sense 3 under “doughnut” n. “[1980s] of a woman, a state of sexual excitement, supposedly the vaginal equivalent of the penile erection.”

Green’s work is not always reliable, though. If you want to get an idea of how he can go wrong, look under all the entries for “doughnut” and you’ll find “doughnut” v. “[1970s+] (Aus./US teen) to make an automobile spin by pulling on the hand-brake. The vehicle in question is usu. stolen.”

There are at least three things wrong with that. One, there’s no entry for the noun form of the verb, which is far more common in the US. We’d say “do a doughnut/make doughnuts/do doughnuts.”

Two, it’s not always nor, in my experience, most often done with the hand-brake. The definition is overly specific and needs to be more general.

Three, “usu. stolen” is ridiculously overly specific and most likely wrong, too boot. Again, the definition needs to be more general.

I’ll have to ask Green the next time I see him if his entry is merely a memory of his own youthful shenanigans (though he’s British) and not gathered from citation evidence. Joshing between lexicographers makes dictionaries better. :)

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Posted: 20 June 2007 09:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Googling turns up only 8 distinctive entries (i.e., with the duplicative hits suppressed)for “hanging a doughnut”.  One is this thread, a couple seem to refer to sports scores (doughnut = zero, I’m guessing without looking closely), one refers to actually hanging a doughnut from a string, and four refer to being pregnant.  None refer to sexual excitation.

Edit: If you spell it “… donut”, there are fewer hits, but all refer to pregnancy.

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Posted: 21 June 2007 03:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Never come across it in either context in any bits of the UK I frequent.

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Posted: 21 June 2007 11:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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You can see the original exchange here. The person who used it did use the spelling ‘donut’, for what it’s worth, and none of the others on the thread (all British) had heard it either.

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Posted: 21 June 2007 12:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Given the paucity of Google hits, I’d say it’s a fairly rare expression on either side of the pond.  And FWIW I don’t see the logic behind it, either.

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Posted: 31 August 2013 10:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Hello.

It comes from a BBC sitcom called Men Behaving Badly: -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMcZRUVNBfM

Thanks

Nik

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Posted: 31 August 2013 12:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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According to IMDB, that episode aired 26 December 1998. Are any of the citations older than that?

If not, given the scene which is about absurd slang, I would hazard a guess that it was the creation of the screenwriters.

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