dirty words in dict ionaries revisted
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Fri Dec 17 16:08:49 UTC 2004
Might "P's" have been understood by an Elizabethan audience as simply "piss," and not "pees"?
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Subject: Re: dirty words in dict ionaries revisted
On Thu, Dec 16, 2004 at 04:53:20PM -0800, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Oddly,. Partridge missed this one in his frequently overdone "Shakespeare's Bawdy."
"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
Theoretically, "and" = "N". Sheidlower retails this story in
some book or other, too. And yes, this would be a huge antedating
of _pee_ 'urine; act of urinating', if real.
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