[Ads-l] "lesbian" from 1808

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Mon Mar 20 11:06:17 EDT 2017


Since 1902, I assume.  :-)

Joel


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#yiv5741193628 #yiv5741193628 -- P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}#yiv5741193628 I have sent the following citation to the OED some years ago:
1732 William King _The Toast_ in Emma Donoghue _Passions Between Women_(1993) 259 I'll deny, that thou art taught How to pair the Female Doves,How to practice _Lesbian_ Loves.
Fred Shapiro


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Subject: "lesbian" from 1808 I note that the OED has "lesbian (not fully updated), adj., sense 2, "...relating to sexual relations between women", only from 1890.  Under "Sapphic", Draft additions September 2016, it has 1808:

1808   Edinb. Med. & Surg. Jrnl. 4 477   The disease seldom proceeds so far except in women who have indulged in Sapphic and Lesbian habits.

Joel


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