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Mer·kin (ˈmɜːˈkɪn):
origin: (unknown) item used as early as 1450s, though not specifically as a word until 1617.

1. a pubic wig; mimicking female female genitalia; originally used by prostitutes to combat lice and hide the appearance of venereal diseases.
also possibly donned on stage for modesty's sake, including males portraying females.
used in Hollywood films to hide genitals entirely or change their appearance before the onset of popularity in bikini waxes.

2. humor; mimicking President George W. Bush's accent, "My fellow 'Merkins...".

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