Re:       dirty words in dictionaries revisted

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Thu Dec 16 23:19:24 UTC 2004

In a message dated 11/19/04 3:11:47 PM, george.thompson at NYU.EDU writes:

> A dirty mind is a joy forever, but when I first posted this I offered those 
> who wanted a philological justification the thought that this dictionary 
> might represent the earliest appearance in print of the word in an American 
> source.  This is still may be the case, even though now it seems that the book 
> didn't originate in America, and perhaps not in the English-speaking world.

And of course (maybe this was mentioned earlier?) the reference to "her C's, 
her U's, her N's her T's, from whence cometh her big P's" (inexact quote) in 
Shakespeare's 12th NIGHT would have been published--and of course 
revered--throughout the 19th Century in the USA and througout the world.

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