dirty words in dict ionaries revisted

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Dec 17 16:58:00 UTC 2004

Hmmm. Never thought of that.  Would all depend on brief vowel duration and voicelessness in the sibilant. Seems possible...


"Baker, John" <JMB at STRADLEY.COM> wrote:
---------------------- Information from the mail header -----------------------
Sender: American Dialect Society
Poster: "Baker, John"
Subject: Re: dirty words in dict ionaries revisted

Might "P's" have been understood by an Elizabethan audience as simply "piss," and not "pees"?

John Baker

-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
Of Jesse Sheidlower
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2004 12:02 AM
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
great P's."

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.


Do You Yahoo!?
Tired of spam?  Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around

More information about the Ads-l mailing list