The Finnish have a wonderful word, knapsu, for anything that’s not male behaviour. Other cultures are quick to notice the gender-specific:

Stutenbeißen (German) the special behaviour of women in a rivalry situation (literally, mare biting)
dzinana (Tsonga, South Africa) to pummel one another with the side of the fists, away from the thumb, as fighting women do)
vongola (Tsonga, South Africa) to expose the buttocks (which is done by women as the ultimate insult when they run out of invective)
agarrar(se) del chongo (Latin American Spanish) to brawl, to fight – applied to women (literally, to grab each other by the bun of the hair)


Do let me know if you are aware of any others…..


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