word of the year?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 21 23:50:31 UTC 2012

On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> As the article notes, it was believed through the early modern
> period.  The Puritan response to that belief, intended to support "be
> fruitful and multiply", was to encourage the man to enable the woman
> to achieve that certain feeling.  (Provided, of course, they were
> married to each other.)

And, needless to say, no woman who was a victim of "forcible" rape
would ever get that certain feeling. Hence, she could't become
pregnant. So, we wait a few weeks. She's beginning to show? Well, then
she must have enjoyed it. There was no "forcible" rape. Case

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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