‘Scousette’: meaning and origin

The colloquial noun Scousette, also scousette, designates a woman from Liverpool, a city and seaport in north-western England.

This noun is from:
– the noun Scouser, also scouser, denoting a person from Liverpool—cf. origin of ‘Scouse’ (Liverpudlian);
– the suffix -ette, used to form nouns denoting female gender.

These are, in chronological order, the earliest occurrences of Scousette, also scousette, that I have found:

1-: From the column Day to Day in Liverpool, by ‘The Post Man’, published in the Liverpool Daily Post (Liverpool, Lancashire, England) of Tuesday 10th April 1945:

Liverpool men in the Forces have become quite used to being addressed as “scousers,” a nickname which has become more popular than ever during this war. Indeed, it is so common now that it is being applied to women, too.
A friend of mine in the W.A.A.F. 1, home on leave, tells me that she has several times been called a “scouser” when people have found out where she comes from. As she is a smart woman the rather rough title of “scouser” seems particularly inappropriate.

1 W.A.A.F. is the abbreviation of Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.

2-: From the television programmes published in The Observer (London, England) of Sunday 17th September 1978:

ITV London Weekend
8.15 The Faith Brown 2 Awards: A one-woman show by the Scousette impersonatrix: among those she’ll do are Kate Bush, Barbra Streisand, Mary Whitehouse, etc.

2 Faith Brown (Eunice Irene Carroll – born 1944) is a Liverpudlian singer, comedienne and impressionist.

3-: From the following advertisement, published in the Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, Merseyside, England) of Wednesday 16th January 1991:

SCOUSER 46, in exile S. E. England, would like to correspond with scousette for possible permanent relationship, age unimportant. Post & Echo Box No. PBG045.

4-: From the column The Ligger, published in The Guardian (London and Manchester, England) of Friday 4th October 1996:

Monday 7
Off to a lunchtime screening of Loving 3, the BBC’s latest—yawn—nostalgia-fest set in an Irish castle. Can’t imagine Mark Rylance as a lusty Irish butler with the hots for a maid. Still, Georgina Cates 4 takes some resisting. She’s the Essex girl formerly known as Clare Woodgate who changed her name to land the part of a 16-year-old Scousette in An Awfully Big Adventure, and got to bonk Alan Rickman 5. A blagger after my own heart.

3 Loving (1996) is a BBC romantic comedy, starring the British actor, theatre director and playwright Mark Rylance (born 1960) and Georgina Cates 4.
4 The British actress Clare Woodgate (born 1975), born and bred in Essex, reinvented herself as a Liverpudlian girl called Georgina Cates in order to get the role of Stella in An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), a British film based on the 1989 novel of the same name, by the Liverpudlian author Beryl Bainbridge (1932-2010).
5 Alan Rickman (1946-2016) was an English actor and director.

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