dirty words in dict ionaries revisted

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 17 01:26:37 UTC 2004

>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.

The more exact line is a bit less explicit:

By my life, this is my lady's hand these be her very C's, her U's and
her T's and thus makes she her great P's. It is, in contempt of
question, her hand.

No N's in sight; perhaps left to the reader/audience to insert ad libitum.


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