Antedating of "Oral Sex"

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Mon Jul 8 12:22:06 UTC 2013

In 1940 Legman, who worked with Kinsey, published _Oragenitalism:  An Encyclopaedic Outline of Oral Technique in Genital Excitation. Part I: Cunnilinctus_ (NY: J. R. Brussel).


From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Laurence Horn [laurence.horn at YALE.EDU]
Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2013 12:26 PM

On Jul 7, 2013, at 11:07 AM, Carl W. Thiel wrote:

> If "oral sex" can be traced only to 1958, then what did
> Kinsey call it?

Something like "oro-genital" contact if memory serves.  (Always a stickler, perhaps he'd have considered "oral" simpliciter to refer to osculation.)  And I'm not sure he (or rather his consultants) considered it to be sex, anticipating a certain commander-in-chief to come.


> Or before him, Havelock Ellis?
> cwt
> *********
> Date:    Sat, 6 Jul 2013 02:15:51 +0000
> From:    "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
> Subject: Antedating of "Oral Sex"
> oral sex (OED 1959)
> 1958 Harold Greenwald _The Call Girl_ 163  Most of the girls
> estimated that between seventy-five and ninety per cent of all
> their clients did not wish normal intercourse but preferred oral sex.
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> Carl William Thiel
> somewhere near Buffalo, New York

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