The nephew said he picked up the term from players on his hockey team. I look forward to interacting with others interested in etymology.So, 1999 is the earliest probable date we have for the term and it’s fairly reliable. The information you provided has been extremely helpful. Ulli I’ve been helping an ESPN reporter with this very question for a few days, so I can report that 1999 is a solid date--there is additional evidence to endorse it--and that anecodotal evidence has been collected from Canadians who were young and widely dispersed in Western Canada in the early 1990s that strongly supports its use then. I appreciate any information I can find on that topic.), the energy that this man infuses to my life on a daily—no, make that hourly—basis is the epitome of new-found bliss. Sometimes I find myself figuring out ways to revert to old behaviors and try to squash his enthusiasm. If a younger man loves an older woman to the core, there’s no stopping the forward momentum on a very exciting path. When seeking the origin of terms, lexicographers look for printed evidence.In hunting cougars – the term, not the women or the wild cats – I found a March 3, 2001, article in the Globe and Mail of Toronto which credits “cougar” to a Canadian website called Cougardate.com, which the story says was started in 1999.There are still numerous leads that have yet to bear any fruit, though, so we may learn more later. I’m interested in phrases, idioms, metaphors, proverbs, etc., that involve animals.
Make your words count, and back them up with action. Everyone wants to have a say in the younger man/older woman relationship.
A cougar, on the other hand, actively courts younger men.
Neither are MILFs, as the term is actually used, the full phrase nothwithstanding.
As Wikipedia says, “MILF denotes a sexually attractive older female, generally between 30 and 50 in age, and not necessarily an actual mother.” Motherfucker, in the literal sense, is used to refer to one who has intercourse with his own mother—although it’s probably used more often as a general term of abuse and not in a specific accusation of incest.
A MILF, on the other hand is simply a mother, with one’s one mother excluded from consideration.