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Entry from June 03, 2019
“Wetter than an otter’s pocket” (very wet)

"Wets as an otter’s pocket” (or “Wetter than an otter’s pocket") is a saying that has been printed on many images. “You’re as wet as an otter” was printed in The Metropolitan (London, UK) in May 1855. Otters get very wet.

“A poor bedraggled figure, strangely attired, wetter than an otter in a washing machine, and hitching” was printed in the book So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1988) by Douglas Adams. “There was an umbrella hanging in my room and, as the next morning dawned wetter than an otter’s armpits” was printed in The Times (London, UK) on January 9, 1994.

“Parkhead was wetter than an otter’s pocket” was printed in the Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland) on November 6, 1999. “Wet as an Otters pocket, in fact” was posted on the newsgroup alt.support.stop-smoking on November 6, 1999. The phrase has often been used for precipitation; an “otter’s pocket” would collect the water the otter had been in.

However, in sex slang usage, “otter’s pocket” means a woman’s wet vagina. “My hands started to wander downstairs in search of her womb ferret. When I found it it was wetter than an otter’s pocket so I began to rub it frantically” was posted on the newsgroup free.adjective-army on July 4, 2000. ”Otters pocket the interior state of a womans genitalia when considerably aroused” was posted on the Urban Dictionary on July 9, 2003.

Sean Thomas Knox wrote on Quora on July 3, 2019:

“Ahem. I invented the phrase ‘she was wetter than an otter’s pocket’ while writing for FHM magazine in the 1990s. I actually checked with the editors of the Viz Profanisaurus! You’re welcome.”


Wikipedia: Otter
Otters are carnivorous mammals in the subfamily Lutrinae. The 13 extant otter species are all semiaquatic, aquatic or marine, with diets based on fish and invertebrates. Lutrinae is a branch of the weasel family Mustelidae, which also includes badgers, honey badgers, martens, minks, polecats, and wolverines.

Google Books
May 1855, The Metropolitan (London, UK), pg. 235:
MARY LEE:
Or the YANKEE in IRELAND.
By PETER PINKIE.
Edited by PAUL PEPPERGRASS, Esquire.

Pg. 239:
Hands off!—hands off, Drake—down, down, you old rogue, you’re as wet as an otter—away and bring your mistress here, I want to see her.

Google Books
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
By Douglas Adams
New York, NY: Pocket Books
1988
Pg. 9:
A poor bedraggled figure, strangely attired, wetter than an otter in a washing machine, and hitching.

9 January 1994, The Times (London, UK), “UK Weekends” by William Green, Mark Ottaway, Richard Girling, Amelia Dare, David Wickers and Neil MacLean, pg. ?:
There was an umbrella hanging in my room and, as the next morning dawned wetter than an otter’s armpits, this proved handy on the way to the Tube.

6 November 1999, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), “Football: Is Berkovic an Israeli word for Kanchelskis?” by Tam Cowan, pg. 60:
Parkhead was wetter than an otter’s pocket. - I spoke to one taxi-driving Celtic fan who was optimistic.

He said: “This rain won’t suit the foreigners.”

Google Groups: alt.support.stop-smoking
---->*7 MONTHS*<---- Anti Rant
Jez
11/6/99
(...)
So, you can see why I am temporarily idea dry at the moment, whereas I would usually be idea wet. Wet as an Otters pocket, in fact.

13 November 1999, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), “Over sea to a Skye high; It might have been wetter than an otter’s pocket, but Tam cared not a jot as he and a pal ploughed through the delights of the menu at The Three Chimneys” by Tam Cowan, pg. 8:
Sadly, it wasn’t to be, and, when we arrived at our accommodation, the BBC weatherman was giving it laldy and excitedly informing viewers my latest port of call had just experienced 20mm of rain in less than six hours.

Honestly, folks, it was wetter than an otter’s pocket.

Google Groups: free.adjective-army
hehehe
The Jim Jimmery Carr
7/4/00
(...)
I could tell she was also getting aroused with all this dirty chat so I ripped off her blouse and sunk my mouth into her bazookas, chewing on her nipples (which were now the size of JCB starter buttons). My hands started to wander downstairs in search of her womb ferret. When I found it it was wetter than an otter’s pocket so I began to rub it frantically.

Urban Dictionary
otters pocket
the interior state of a womans genitalia when considerably aroused.
‘she was as wet as an otters pocket’
by lee michigan July 09, 2003

Urban Dictionary
Wetter than an otter’s pocket
A lady who is sexually aroused upon touch
The bird i stuck it in last night was wetter than an otter’s pocket
by Chinky March 27, 2004

13 July 2004, The Daily Mirror (London, UK), “Shelley Vision: Phrase of the Week” by Jim Shelley, pg. 21:
“I’M as wet as an otter’s pocket.”
- ‘Mel B’ to Patsy Kensit in Bo Selecta! (thanks to Thomas Draper of Liverpool)

8 April 2006, Weekend Australian (Canberra, ACT), “Rain Spotting” by Jeffrey James, pg. 2:
Heavy rain has left the rainforest as wet as an otter’s pocket, swelling the Daintree River and forcing one of the creeks to spill across the bitumen just beyond the lodge’s driveway and submerge the road to Daintree Village.

Urban Dictionary
otter’s pocket
Something very, very wet.
She’s wetter than an otter’s pocket.
#otter#otters#poket#wet#weter
by The Moai April 10, 2006

27 August 2006, The Observer (London, UK), “Observer Magazine: Shambolic, baffling, curiously upbeat. It’s life, but not as you know it” by Euan Ferguson, pg. 62:
One minute after that, the rain started: warm it was but also monstrous, gargantuan, unforgiving, almost painful, driven and swept by the now-howling wind, and three minutes after it started I was wetter than an otter’s pocket.

20 June 2009, The Independent (London, UK), “Something For The Weekend” by Matt Gatward, pg. 2:
According to the forecast it’s gonna be wetter than an otter’s pocket this weekend in New York thus scuppering the golfers’ fun.

31 July 2009, The Sun (London, UK), “Quote of the Day,” pg. 82:
FORMER Aussie pace ace Jason Gillespie (right) on his Twitter page: “It’s as wet as an otter’s pocket out there. Outfield drenched! Hard to envisage any play today.”

YouTube
“wetter than an otter’s pocket”
KirkOShotts
Published on Oct 12, 2011
Carol Kirkwood demonstrates the perils of not checking your Profanisaurus before reading out tweets on air.
COMMENTS
cheyne15
For those outside the UK, we have a very rude publication here called ‘Viz’ magazine. One of the cartoon characters is ‘Roger Mellie - The Man From The Telly’ (TV) who’s always getting into trouble being foul-mouthed on air. A spin-off from this is ‘Roger’s Profanisaurus’ which is written in the style of a lexicon of profane words and expressions or similes. Totally brilliant that she used this on-air, it means a very aroused vagina!!

13 October 2011, The Times (London, UK), “It’s wet - and wild - up North” by Carol Midgley, pg. 3:
Pure TV joy from BBC Breakfast News this week when weather presenter Carol Kirkwood used a viewer’s phrase to describe rainfall in the North. It is, she said, delighted with her new barometrical patois, “wetter than an otter’s pocket”.

Carol, may we have a quiet word? You see, this isn’t about precipitation.

There’s no easy way of saying this but it alludes to a lady’s “parts” when she’s feeling, er, “happy”.

Google Books
I’m an Office Worker
By Michael Häne
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2012
Pg. 7:
Wetter than an otter’s pocket!

Google Books
Dead Scared:
A Lacey Flint Novel

By Sharon Bolton and S. J. Bolton
New York, NY: Minotaur Books
2012
Pg. 334:
‘Freezing cold, wetter than an otter and in serious need of something I’ve given up for the entire month of January,’ Harry replied.

YouTube
WETTER THAN AN OTTER’S POCKET Blues Song
VideoLifeWorld
Published on Oct 5, 2013
Rock Song 2013 WETTER THAN AN OTTER’S POCKET
lyrics by Joel Sattler
met a lady yesterday
took me like a rocket
don’t know what she did to me
but aint gonna knock it
like a firecracker
blew me like bomb
she she got the knack her
thing make me come and gone
left me empty socket
she was wetter than an otter’s pocket

Google Books
The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms
By Ian Thornton
London, UK: The Friday Project (HarperCollins)
2015
Pg. ?:
Her sparkling blue eyes were damp with tears—“wetter than an otter’s pocket,” she later admitted—which made them twinkle even more.

Google Books
Jonny Appleseed
By Joshua Whitehead
Vancouver, BC: Arsenal Pulp Press
2018
Pg. ?:
My momma said I got that from my daddy— his propensity for sweat. It always embarrassed me. Any bit of heat and I’d be wetter than an otter.

Quora
How did the phrase “wetter than an otter’s pocket” originate?
Sean Thomas Knox
July 3, 2019
Ahem. I invented the phrase “she was wetter than an otter’s pocket” while writing for FHM magazine in the 1990s. I actually checked with the editors of the Viz Profanisaurus! You’re welcome.

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