dirty words in dict ionaries revisted

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Dec 17 03:23:11 UTC 2004

" 'N' " her T's !  " 'N'  her T's !   Get it ?  Bill Shakespeare, a wildman or what ?!  And is "great P's" a coincidence?

(Maybe. This would be the earliest known example of "pee.")


Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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>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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