dirty words in dictionaries revisted
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Fri Dec 17 17:09:00 UTC 2004
However, if the theory that "pee" derives from the initial letter P in "piss" is correct, that's a plausible derivation for the 18th century but less likely for the 16th century.
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Subject: Re: dirty words in dictionaries revisted
Literature has preserved at least one 18th C "pee" from Britain. If it was chiefly a child's term, it could easily have gone unrecorded/unfound for 150 years. The matter may not be resolvable.
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