First usage of term 'vore' / want members of old communities

Keep our community informed! This forum is for discussing and sharing vore-related information. Post any relevant material and/or links here, and engage in conversations!
Forum rules
This is for general discussion, if you found something you want to post, please use one of the upload forum, if you made something and want to share them, please use the work to be shared forum!

First usage of term 'vore' / want members of old communities

Postby foxygrandpa » Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:52 pm

Hello fams,

I'm working on creating a brief history of vore. Would any of y'all happen to know (or know someone who knows) when and where the term vore was first coined? Best guess for me right now is sometime between 1991 and 2000, on a BBS, usenet, yahoo group, or early furry website.

I'm also trying to get information on the earliest vore scenes/communities that were present on the internet, networks prior, and even possibly pre-1980s (if such a community existed).
User avatar
foxygrandpa
Somewhat familiar
 
Posts: 76
Joined: Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:57 pm

Re: First usage of term 'vore' / want members of old communi

Postby NightRoller » Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:44 pm

You're probably about a good a guesser as I'd be. Likely, the first few forums started just with some people talking privately in DMs and connecting to each other individually by word of mouth, if I were to guess. Either that or somebody made a vore-themed or vore-adjacent website and other people found it and started contacting them.
Your most limiting factors are your beliefs about your capabilities.
User avatar
NightRoller
Somewhat familiar
 
Posts: 114
Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:31 pm
Location: Earth... Probably

Re: First usage of term 'vore' / want members of old communi

Postby DoubleA » Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:35 am

I can't say I'm very knowledgable on this topic (my involvement with vore began well into the 2010s), but it's something I've taken a passive interest in.

The most prominent early internet vore communities I'm aware of are Big Gulp and FurryMUCK, which both came into existence around 1995 or 1996, although I'm sure small groups and individuals existed long before this.

I did a little walk through the Wayback Machine, and found that online "swallowing community" seems to have exploded onto the web around 1998. Here's some sites which piqued my interest.

  • 1997-04-30 Big Gulp Homepage
    • Possibly the oldest vore-themed website to exist. It doesn't use the word "vore". Hosts archives of "sexual swallowing" stories.
    • They express that there doesn't seem to be much other content on the infant web.
    • However, there is an archive of a lot of GTS/shrinking/swallowing stories from the long-dead alt.sex.fetish.size newsgroup.
    • No discussions, sadly, so it's hard to say if any of those authors ever used the word "vore" or "vorarephilia".
  • 1998-05-04 Big Gulp "Outside Links" page
    • At this point, there's still not many links, but mentions that FurryMUCK (a huge BBS-based furry roleplaying community) has a room called the "Food Chain" which focuses on swallowing.
  • 1998-08-10 VoreTex
    • Official website for the Food Chain room, hosts some vore roleplay logs dated to 1997–1998, which do use the word "vore".
    • Also notably, our very own Strega was there, and is featured in an RP log.
  • 1998-12-06 Big Gulp "Outside Links" page
    • Seemingly the last time the list was updated.

As for when "vore" was first uttered, there's nothing really conclusive here. Based on this alone, if I had to guess, I'd say the terms vore and vorarephilia (some websites of this era call it vor and vorephilia) arose among MUCKers in the furry community some time between 1995–1997. Unfortunately, much of that content is lost to history, and that has been preserved isn't easily searchable (not without downloading gigabytes of compressed data, anyway).
▽ Double-A ▽ (she/her) – Play Life of the Party: A Furry Vore Adventure
User avatar
DoubleA
New to the forum
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:52 pm

Re: First usage of term 'vore' / want members of old communi

Postby Dindu » Sat Sep 18, 2021 1:37 pm

William Levy said that it was just called "cannibalism" before the 90s. He submitted what was basically a vore drawing of a woman with a full belly to Hustler in the early 80s but they rejected it writing "you're one sick puppy".
Dindu
Been posting for a bit
 
Posts: 22
Joined: Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:22 pm

Re: First usage of term 'vore' / want members of old communi

Postby Delphinus » Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:37 pm

Duamutef had a homepage before this one, but I can't remember the URL for it to put it into the wayback machine. I'm amazed that I was able to pull this url out of my brain XD And the snapshots there only go back to 2011, but the site (or at least his old site) was being updated regularly in the mid-00's. https://web.archive.org/web/20110328014 ... om/~duam9/

My explorations of the community started in 2003/4 with Big-Gulp, Duam, and Eka's. Also the name "swallow-soft" for a page is in my brain but I cannot link it with anything substantial.

Here's my contribution to the community: one of the first Eka's memes, The pelican dollar! viewtopic.php?p=154390#p154390 Use it whenever something gets reposted as often as that one .gif of a pelican swallowing another bird!

Dolorcin
As real as a 3 dollar bill could get. I'm beginning to think this could rival a particular pelican. :P

Delphinus
Image

14 years old as of a month ago! ...man I'm old.
User avatar
Delphinus
Advanced Vorarephile
 
Posts: 702
Joined: Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:00 pm
Location: California

Re: First usage of term 'vore' / want members of old communi

Postby 4ofSwords » Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:15 am

As DoubleA demonstrated, Big Gulp preceded any wide usage of the term that I was aware of, but not by much since Vore-Tex and Vor-Com were around by the late 90's.

The first round of the internet proper (after it exploded out from BBSs and stopped really being University-Focused) didn't revolve around user-generated content; it was all host-generated. You wouldn't have forums like Ekas, or galleries where people could post their own art, unless they were the site administrator. So 'community' as such was a much more limited idea. Email groups, BBSs, chat rooms and the like might very well exist and did foster a bit of community, but there was a lot more centralization, since places like Vore-Tex existed when either the site administrator produced their own content, or people would send it in to them to post.

Web 2.0 (like Eka's) was really the beginning of a large-scale community, and I think 'vore' as a term really took off at the wave-crest of that phenomenon.

William Levy (https://www.deviantart.com/williamlevy) and Strega (https://aryion.com/g4/user/Strega) are the two most active people I'm aware of with the longest history who are also really aware of the oldest reaches of the community; if you're looking to do serious deep dives, there's no better place to start.

Incidentally, as someone who was a Latin major (albeit terrible at it) when the term 'vorarephilia' was gaining acceptance, I still have to protest its uptake. It should definitely be vorephilia. 'Vorare' is the infinitive, which is improper construction, so it made us look (in my opinion) a bit like pretentious, yet ignorant douches.
User avatar
4ofSwords
???
 
Posts: 3304
Joined: Sun Jan 28, 2007 12:00 am
Location: GA

Re: First usage of term 'vore' / want members of old communi

Postby Rancid » Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:09 am

I don't know where the term came from, it's probably in the latin what the meaning is. But I was doing my first vore RPing back in either '99 or 2000, so it's older than 20 years at least.
User avatar
Rancid
New to the forum
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Aug 18, 2007 11:00 pm
Location: Seattle

Re: First usage of term 'vore' / want members of old communi

Postby 4ofSwords » Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:20 am

Rancid wrote:I don't know where the term came from, it's probably in the latin what the meaning is.


It's a Latin-Greek mashup: 'Vorare' - 'to eat' in Latin and '-philia' - '-loving' in Greek. Mixing root languages is reasonably common, though, and going full Greek would have been 'phagophila', which would have been a pretty provocative-sounding term, especially in the late 90s.
User avatar
4ofSwords
???
 
Posts: 3304
Joined: Sun Jan 28, 2007 12:00 am
Location: GA


Return to General Vore Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot], Hoboman, Ilv18, Kroskoo, Krusty, Nobodyman, nyte