"my Ghossips cock", 1641?

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Fri Apr 25 14:55:13 UTC 2008

On Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 12:43 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm pretty sure that cock = penis is through cock = faucet, as in
>  petcock, stopcock, etc. I've seen punning cartoons in which men are
>  posed in a public bath in such a way that its faucets appear to be
>  their penises. Someone even submitted here a caricature of a taverner
>  which showed his penis as a cock in the faucet sense.

I've seen such a "cartoon" by Albrecht Dürer.

Mark Mandel

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