"Love muscle"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Feb 17 14:42:44 UTC 2005

Don't know about "love muzzle," Wilson.  Word is quite unfamiliar to me.  The implied ordnance metaphor isn't very apropos, all things being considered.


Wilson Gray <wilson.gray at RCN.COM> wrote:
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Subject: "Love muscle"

HDAS dates this to at least 1958. I didn't hear it till 1960. However,
FWIW, my "informant," a white sailor from Camden, NJ, told me that I
was overcorrecting - or words to that effect. According to him, the
proper term is "love _muzzle_," which is not in HDAS.

-Wilson Gray

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