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yiff - Wiktionary
The furry fandom is a subculture interested in anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. The term "furry fandom" is also used to refer to the community of people who gather on the internet and at furry conventions. The furry fandom has its roots in the underground comix movement of the s, a genre of comic books that depicts explicit content. Many of its featured works contained adult themes, such as "Omaha" the Cat Dancer , which contained explicit sex. According to fandom historian Fred Patten , the concept of furry originated at a science fiction convention in ,  when a character drawing from Steve Gallacci's Albedo Anthropomorphics started a discussion of anthropomorphic characters in science fiction novels. This led to the formation of a discussion group that met at science fiction conventions and comics conventions. The specific term furry fandom was being used in fanzines as early as , and had become the standard name for the genre by the mids, when it was defined as "the organized appreciation and dissemination of art and prose regarding 'Furries', or fictional mammalian anthropomorphic characters".
Etymology: is part of a range of onomatopoeic words that form a pseudo-language used by the furry role-playing community: , yip, yerf, yaff, yarf, growf and growlf in order from most positive connotations to most negative connotations. Later, was assigned a meaning of a sexual proposition, a meaning that had previously been assigned to yipp a coarse form of yip. What does YIFF stand for? We're doing our best to make sure our content is useful, accurate and safe. If by any chance you spot an inappropriate comment while navigating through our website please use this form to let us know, and we'll take care of it shortly.
A very common word in furry lore , it can be used as an interjection , an adjective , a verb , or a noun. In Foxish language , yiff initially meant "yes! Later, "yiff" was assigned a more sexual connotation, a meaning that had previously been assigned to yipp a coarse form of yip.