How to Pronounce cooties?

Correct pronunciation for the word "cooties" is [kˈuːtɪz], [kˈuːtɪz], [k_ˈuː_t_ɪ_z].

"Cooties" in context

Cooties is a contagious imaginary disease, often spread through contact with individual of the opposite sex, most commonly experienced during childhood. It is a form of social stigma meant to discourage children from interacting with those from another gender. For example, it is commonly said that girls who play with boys would catch cooties and become contaminated to a point where they could no longer be seen as attractive.

It is not clear where this term originated, though it is thought to have originated in the United States around the early twentieth century.

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