Significant Antedating for "beaver" and "bearded clam" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Tue Dec 2 22:54:24 UTC 2008

Classification:  UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

OED has 1927 for this sense (female genitalia) of beaver, and does not
list "bearded clam"

"John Jacob Astor Out Looking for Beaver"  _The Onion_ October 6, 1783
p. 2 col 5

"Should the enterprising GERMAN, by the Smile of good Fortune, reach the
fertile back woods of New Hampshire, it is likely he may find him self
secured to his very PUPILS in Beaver, and, we hasten to note, only good
Beaver at that, and None of this foul Skunk Pelt seen in those parts of
late. . . . He takes only a Brief Respite in the month of August, when
the New Found-land Territories open season on the Wild Bearded Clam."
Classification:  UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list