"Podicissinist " (Was Re: gunsel)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Jan 11 21:39:27 UTC 2005

Anthony Burgess referred to such performers as "podicissinists."  He seemed to think they were boffo in the Middle Ages.


"Mullins, Bill" <Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL> wrote:
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> I think the governor's name must be a blend of Le Petomane
> (the actual sobriquet of Pujol, the professional flatulist)
> and ptomaine.

Note: "Flatulist" is not in the OED, but clearly there is a need
for it . . .

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