Re: [ADS-L] An earl y "cock"?

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Thu Jun 29 17:59:55 UTC 2006

In a message dated 6/29/06 12:38:45 PM, cdoyle at UGA.EDU writes:

> PostScript
> In fact, it seems to me that if 'penis' WAS an established
> denotative meaning of the word "cock," then the poem becomes
> rather witless!
> --Charlie

Well, yeah, but who says bawdy humor can't be witless?

In general, the whole POINT of a double entendre is often that the word is
ambiguous between a well-known bawdy meaning and a traditional, nonbawdy

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