[Ads-l] A bogus "etymology"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 19 14:26:53 EST 2017


Along with other cites from Davis's book, supplied by me.

JL

On Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 1:08 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> > On Feb 19, 2017, at 12:10 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > Paywalled. What's the definition?
>
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> purr-tongue n. [play on pussy n. (1)] (US black)
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> the clitoris.
>
> 1992 (con. 1910s) F.M. Davis Livin' the Blues 36: At an early age we
> talked about a ‘purr-tongue’ or a ‘boy-in-the-boat’.
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> LH
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