Sweet Sixteen

Margaret Lee mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Aug 7 16:46:19 UTC 2005

When I was growing up, I remember the expression, "Sweet sixteen and never been kissed."

bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:(Early American Newspapers)
December 26, 1792 December 26, 1792 The Diary, or Loudon's Register, pg. 3: DiaryPoetry
December 26, 1792 DiaryPoetry The blooming maid of sweet sixteen,
And clap'd by all fair Beauty's queen,
She left her parent's home.

-----Original Message-----
From: Mullins, Bill
Sent: Wed, 3 Aug 2005 12:13:46 -0500
Subject: Re: Sweet Sixteen

under "sixteen"

4. A girl of sixteen.

c1840 O. W. HOLMES The Dilemma 2 Now, by the bless'd Paphian queen,
Who heaves the breast of sweet sixteen.

under "sweet"

sweet seventeen: see SEVENTEEN a. 2; now more usually, sweet sixteen
(cf. SIXTEEN n. 4);

1826 Blackw. Edin. Mag. XX. 138/1 A bright-eyed, round-limbed virgin of
*sweet sixteen. 1898 J. THORNTON (song-title) When you were sweet
sixteen. 1977 Grimsby Even. Tel. 5 May 12/3 Unfortunately everybody
can't be sweet 16 and there are many shops catering for the older woman.

> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 11:10 AM
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> Again I turn to ADS-L to remedy my lack of access to OED and
> other standard references. If anyone would do me the great
> favor of posting data on 'Sweet Sixteen' (particularly as a
> young women's coming-of-age rite-of-passage, as in 'sweet
> sixteen' birthday parties, etc.), I would be very grateful.
> Thank you,
> Michael McKernan

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