Slut’s wool

slut’s wool in situ

Encountered this phrase while reading William Gibson’s latest “Zero History”. Love it. Slut’s wool.

slut’s wool: another name for ‘dust bunnies’, large conglomerations of dust and other debris that collects in the corner of rooms, normally around skirting boards. Before ‘slut’ became common-usage for a woman of promiscuous temperament it was also used to describe a slovenly girl or woman who was untidy or did not clean her house.



Author: Blaine L. Reininger

Blaine L. Reininger was born July 10, 1953 in Pueblo, Colorado. Then he lived a life. By and by, he founded Tuxedomoon with Steven Brown in 1977. He traipsed around America, tuxedomooning until 1980, when he began to traipse around Europe. As a direct result of all of this traipsing, many musical compositions were composed, most of which found their way to some sort of mechanical device capable of reproducing musical compositions. This was mostly for the good. He now lives in Athens, Greece, where he is content.

One thought on “Slut’s wool”

  1. So the equivalent of “slut” in French should be “salope” that also refers to a promiscuous and/or dirty woman. There’s no real equivalent for males, “salaud” meaning just very mean person. So it’s probably presupposed that males are “dirty” per se 😉 However, in French, there’s no association between salope and dust


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