Use of the word m=?ISO-8859-1?B?6Q==?=nages

Fri Jan 30 20:03:01 UTC 2004

In a diary entry from 1926, I have encountered an unorthodox use of the word
"ménages" where it seems to be used as a noun, meaning a device or potion
used for birth control. (At least that is the meaning I have teased out of
the context.) I have been looking for but cannot find a dictionary reference
to this slang use of a French word meaning "household."

If anyone can shed light on this, I would be grateful.

Robert Love
Columbia University
Graduate School of Journalism
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 at

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