Another non-metaphor

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Jun 1 15:07:20 UTC 2014

On Jun 1, 2014, at 4:06 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 8:10 AM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:
>> "duck butter" refers to 'smegma'

Also "semen"; Jon has an entry in HDAS with cites for both meanings, dating back to 1933.  Antedates anyone?

> Thanks, Charlie! I've wondered about that since I heard "duck butter" used
> in Marshall, back in '48, where it definitely was *not* the same thing as
> cat butter, but it was never clear to me exactly what duck butter was and
> I've never heard either term used anywhere else.
> I wasn't in the habit of squaring off asking about something that was
> apparently common knowledge to everyone else. Besides, I had become "a
> stranger in my own hometown," as the blues line goes, by that time, living
> in StL and only "summering" back down home in Marshall. Asking a dumb
> question would have underlined my outsiderness.
> --
> -Wilson
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