Author: Rakuen Growlithe
This article is a collaboration between Rakuen Growlithe and Christiaan Ferret.
When it comes to the furry fandom, we have many neologisms that are unique to the community, these include words such as fursona and the phrase pawing off, which have varying levels of acceptance in the fandom. Perhaps one of the most well-known is the term yiff, which is even understood by some non-furs. Generally accepted as a substitute for sexual activity, and able to be used as a verb, noun or adjective, it is now less accepted than in the past.
Commenting on the closure of ychan, Yiffy International and 420furs.org, Flayrah contributor Sonious remarked that yiff had not aged well. Shortly afterwards, Christiaan Ferret’s defence of the word as a part of furry culture brought forth comments such as…
Though to me “yiff” will always just be a corny slang term that makes me cringe slightly everytime I hear it spoken aloud haha.
I find the word annoying and needlessly cutesy, and I don’t have the respect for it to study its etymology. It’s just a really dumb word to me, and I’m afraid I can’t say anything more about it. =/
However, we feel that yiff is important to the furry fandom as part of our shared culture and history. While we understand that not everyone will care for it, we do think it is important to at least understand where the term came from.
Find the full article here: flayrah – furry food for thought
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