colder than a witch's tit

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 6 03:57:21 UTC 2005

>Larry Horn:
>>"boner" was the first word I recall for "erection", at least in
>>colloquial speech, and that would have been maybe 1957 or '58.
>Me too, and about the same time.
>By the mid-1960's, IIRC, the word "boner" for an erection seemed to me
>rather juvenile, probably because I'd seen "hard-on" etc. (but not "boner")
>in, uh, literature. However, I've heard this "boner" used routinely until
>the present day by adults ... but I guess it still strikes me as somewhat
>of a youngsters' word. Maybe it had a juvenile sound to others too, which
>kept it from print?
Agreed on all counts, except possibly the last, which really should
have kept it entirely out of print until 1966 if we were hearing it
almost a decade earlier.  There was, after all, juvenile writing


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