Of minks and stoats

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Sun May 10 20:08:09 UTC 2009

   With regard to minks and their hypersexuality, I once came across an insult uttered in the House of Commons:
"The right honorable gentleman has the morals of a stoat."  (a stoat = ermine = type of weasel; and minks are closely related to weasels).  I sometimes wondered how the morals of a stoat would be much different from the morals of any other wild animal, but thanks to ads-l (All praise!), I now know.

   I can locate the exact reference if anyone is curious.  Also, btw, this was part of my checking into the origin of the song "Pop Goes The Weasel."

Gerald Cohen

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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