when "intercourse" got funny

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Sep 28 11:34:48 UTC 2006

On 9/28/06, Amorelli <mariam11 at virgilio.it> wrote:
> This would seem to be in line with the liberal use of 'ejaculate', by
> luminaries such as Agatha Christie, with the meaning of 'blurt'.

Or Charles Dickens, as in this now-unfortunate line from _David Copperfield_:

"The heartiness of the ejaculation startled Mr. Dick exceedingly; and
me, too, if I am to tell the truth."

--Ben Zimmer

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