[Ads-l] snatch 'female pudenda'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 2 19:10:54 UTC 2014


I can't vouch for the specific quote, but the time-frame is not
unbelievable.

"Snatch" is listed in Farmer & Henley (1890-96) as "American."

JL

On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 11:51 AM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:

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> An article in the recent (Dec. 2014) _Smithsonian_ magazine, vol. 45, no.
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> , pp. 50-57, "Massacre at Sand Creek," by Tony Horwitz, quotes a dispatch
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> ritten by Capt. Silas Soule, regarding the 1864 massacre of a thousand
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> ennes and Arapahos (men, women, and children) by the U.S. army near Sand
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> eek, Colorado:=0A=
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> "Squaws [sic] snatches were cut out for trophies" (p. 54).=0A=
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> The OED's earliest citation for that sense of the word (snatch n.14) is
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> m 1904, in the _English Dialect Dictionary_.=0A=
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> I wonder if the American instance from 1864 or 1865, as given in the
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> ion, is credible.=0A=
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> --Charlie=
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