perky breasts

aaronsun666

Senior Member
Mandarin
The Big Bang Theory Season 07 Episode 02

Raj: You know, but, but they’re very firm, so you’ve got that going for you.
Howard: You think?
Raj: Yeah, yeah, yeah, very perky.

It seems definitions of perky in dictionaries don't match. What does the perky mean?
 
  • se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Raj speaks (Indian) English well but English may not be his first language. I think there is a joke in his confusion between pert and perky. Pert breasts is a common collocation in soft porn and related genres; perky breasts suggest they are bright, cheerful and good-natured. Who do the breasts in question belong to, by the way?
     

    fiercediva

    Senior Member
    American English
    Raj speaks (Indian) English well but English may not be his first language. I think there is a joke in his confusion between pert and perky. Pert breasts is a common collocation in soft porn and related genres; perky breasts suggest they are bright, cheerful and good-natured. Who do the breasts in question belong to, by the way?

    Howard's moobs.
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I think there is a joke in his confusion between pert and perky.
    I think this is a fairly common use of perky in American English. From the American half of the WRD on "perk":
    to (cause to) rise quickly or briskly: The dog's head perked up.
    so "perky" can be related to both being lively and being in an upward position.
     

    Damoncito

    Member
    English - American
    I don't really have much to add; I just always click on a link that says perky breasts. But I see that it is a question of whether the dialogue involves AE or BE since perky breast is not (to my knowledge) commonly used in BE but it is in AE. In AE perky breasts are nice, firm ones that stand out and make grammarian pervs click on links.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    You're not alone, Damoncito, it's human nature. I even called up the Ngram to compare them, but I didn't want others to think me some kind of pervert.

    Well, in regretful remembrance of times past (I'm female) here it is:
    https://books.google.com/ngrams/gra...l=t1;,perky breasts;,c0;.t1;,pert breasts;,c0

    It pretty much confirms my own impressions; pert breasts are preferred, but perky breasts are holding up well too.
    I can't discern any difference in meaning.
     
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