Ghost poop, husband-in-law, and other "family words"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Jul 18 19:01:42 UTC 2007

On 7/18/07, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:
> Does Dickinson include words for the genitalia, the anus, female
> breasts, excrement, and other less-openly discussed subjects? These
> are the things that are most likely to have names peculiar to a
> family.

I'm guessing no, since Dickson (not Dickinson) apparently collected
these words on call-in radio shows. Can't imagine that either the
callers or the radio hosts would be too eager to discuss those taboo

--Ben Zimmer

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