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Old 28 February 2014, 10:31 PM
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Rabbit Bunny ears are cuckold horns

Comment: I read this on the internet;

The whole “bunny ears” thing in photos originated in medieval times and
actually they were horns and they symbolized that you were f**king the guy
you were standing behind’s wife.

Is this even true?
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Old 28 February 2014, 10:32 PM
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Doubt it. I've never seen a single medieval photograph with bunny ears.
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Old 28 February 2014, 10:35 PM
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Of course not, it was done in paintings back then, silly.
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Old 28 February 2014, 11:54 PM
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Bunny ears? Prior to this thread I had never heard any other term other than "V sign" (most frequently) or "devil horns" (very rarely). Is it a new expression? Also, I never heard the cuckold explanation prior to this thread. It strikes me as very odd since I associate putting the V sign behind someone with elementary school kids.

Anyway, I found this Straight Dope thread with links to earlier threads about the V sign.

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Old 01 March 2014, 12:01 AM
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Bunny ears? Prior to this thread I had never heard any other term other than "V sign" (most frequently) or "devil horns" (very rarely). Is it a new expression?
We did them and called them bunny ears when I was a kid, which was longer ago than I care to recall.
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Bunny ears? Prior to this thread I had never heard any other term other than "V sign" (most frequently) or "devil horns" (very rarely). Is it a new expression?
Bunny ears was the term I learned from older kids in the early 1980's, which means it's been around since at least the late 1970's. I've never heard it referred to as a V sign or devil horns.

"Moose antlers" is the act of putting both of your hands behind someone's head, with your fingers spread apart to represent the antlers.
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Old 01 March 2014, 12:12 AM
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We did them and called them bunny ears when I was a kid, which was longer ago than I care to recall.
Interesting! I've been looking for evidence if the variations are regional and/or generational. So far, no luck

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"Moose antlers" is the act of putting both of your hands behind someone's head, with your fingers spread apart to represent the antlers.
Never heard of this before. Again, I learned something new here.

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Old 01 March 2014, 01:28 AM
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We called them both bunny ears and horns, and some time in high school or college I heard the cuckold's horns explanation. Actually probably college since cuckold's horns came up in literature I was studying from time to time, so I bet it was brought up in that context.
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Old 01 March 2014, 02:02 AM
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I think it's more commonly called "the V sign" in the UK. V for Victory frontwards, slightly more vulgar backwards.
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Old 01 March 2014, 02:04 AM
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To be clear, it's only called bunny ears or horns when it's held behind someone's head while a photo is being taken.
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Old 01 March 2014, 03:55 AM
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Yes. If someone is holding it up not behind someone's head, then it's the v for victory sign, or a peace sign, unless you're doing it with both hands and waving them a bit, in which case it's "I am not a crook!"
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We called them bunny ears when I was a kid, 1980s Atlanta, Georgia. Never heard the term V-sign before now. We had "devil horns" but it wasn't something you did to prank your friend while getting a picture taken. It was raising your index finger and pinkie while waving your hands in the air when jamming out to a hard rock song. Like this.

http://www.coolstuff4u.net/pewter-fi...rns-11690.html
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Bunny ears in New England 1970's, and "the devil sign" was forefinger and pinky finger, not forefinger and middle finger (which is the bunny ears).

That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it, and it's worked pretty good so far.
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Kind of an aside, but I have heard that the Chinese use the expression "wearing a green hat" to designate a cuckold. "Oh, his wife's made him wear a green hat many times!"
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Kind of an aside, but I have heard that the Chinese use the expression "wearing a green hat" to designate a cuckold. "Oh, his wife's made him wear a green hat many times!"

Wouldn't he notice the hat. .....
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Old 05 March 2014, 04:20 PM
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Of course he notices and that is the meaning of cuckold. The wife is sleeping with another man and her husband knows and lets her whether willingly or not.

I have heard it the term cuckold horns when I was young from adults that were not talking to me. When asked about the fingers behind the head it was either rabbit ears or devils horns. Of course a parent is not going to explain cuckold to a 5 or 6 year old and have him understand the meaning.
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Old 05 March 2014, 05:36 PM
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I have heard it the term cuckold horns when I was young from adults that were not talking to me.
I never even heard the term cuckold until perhaps 10 years ago and that was in ad for a porn website. I thought it was just some new term coined by the porn biz. As a kid I had heard of wife-swapping, swingers & just people who cheat on their spouse but never knew there was a specific term for a woman who does any of them.
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Old 05 March 2014, 06:55 PM
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When I was young I spent a lot of time helping my grandparent and great grandparents. You tended to hear a lot of words that are not used much or in the same way today. So I heard words like cuckold and remembered them and as I got older looked them up. I remember gay being used in a positive way and a lecher was a male slut and other similar type word if I think about it long enough.
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Old 05 March 2014, 09:03 PM
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As a kid I had heard of wife-swapping, swingers & just people who cheat on their spouse but never knew there was a specific term for a woman who does any of them.
The cuckold isn't the person cheating - it's the person whose spouse has cheated on them. (Historically a husband who has been cheated upon by his wife; I don't know if there's an equivalent term for a woman whose husband has cheated on her).
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Old 05 March 2014, 09:39 PM
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Cuckquean (it actually makes an appearance in Ulysses. A novel that the spellcheck on this board has clearly never read.)
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