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Definition: The enticing movement of a man’s or a woman’s rear end (buttocks)

Pronunciation: qua-to-PI-gia

Synonyms: twerking


Well, I have to be honest about this one- even though we can take the word apart and actually see where it came from. The Greeks, it appears to be, were very fond of female’s buttocks and so the Greek root of pyg, pygo, pyga and pygia (meaning- buttocks) is evident in quite a few adjectives the Greeks have to describe this beautiful area of the human body.

You can read our Steatopygia and Callipygian for further reference 🙂

Why this word?

Honestly, why? Could you ever imagine there would be an ancient, actually rooted word for this modern thing called twerking? I never did.

However, with buttocks being a great area altogether, attractive to many indeed, having a word for it does make perfect sense. Although I find the contemporary attraction to twerking as is quite repulsive (simply as these girls usually don’t have too much to show but their behinds), I too can appreciate a good shake of the rear end!

How to use the word quatopygia in a sentence?

Next time you see Miley Cyrus, Britney or Beyonce twerking like crazy- allow your friends a good laugh by saying “I am sure she can practice quatopygia all day and all night!”

Or just “Man! Look at the quatopygia going on back there!”


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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