\'Can\'t Understand Normal Thinking\' Historical note on the word ****: This was was used by sailors in the old merchant marine when they used sailed vessels which used miles of rope to work everything. When a rope had to be joined or spliced together one used a fid (a sort of wooden prick with a sharp point to seperate the strands in the rope so a splice could be made). Check Ashley's book of knots and you will find it in there. It goes back to before 1,400 AD usage at sea. Sailors then applied the **** name to mean women ashore. Probably because of the similarity of the line of a womans slot to a cuntline in a rope. They also called their penis 'prick', after the fid that was used to spread open the cuntline on the ropes. Used enough it became part of our slang.