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Furvert (a portmanteau of "furry" and "pervert") specifically refers to someone who behaves in a lewd manner in public while identifying themselves as a "furry", or in order to identify themselves as a "furry". The term was coined in the earliest days of furry fandom, initially as a joke, later as a pejorative term, and today merely as a descriptor. The term was used on an episode of ER, episode 155: Fear of Commitment.

The earliest known regular usage of the term was in reference to the first open-membership furry Amateur Press Association ("APA") magazine, "Furversion", which first published in May of 1987. Karl Maurer, the magazine's publisher, is credited with starting the ongoing practice of using puns involving the word "fur" to indicate Furry activities (hence a comic called Furrlough, a convention called ConFurence, and so on).

Despite rumors to the contrary, "furvert" never meant "furry convert", and there has never been a term created for such a phrase. Furries are simply "furries"; no distinction is made between "converts" or any other type of furry. Nor has "furvert" ever referred to those aroused by sexual furry art outside of the fandom, except when used specifically in the pejorative by non-furries referring to other non-furries who evince a taste for such material.

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