dirty words in dictionaries

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Jun 3 21:00:53 UTC 2004

On Wed, 2 Jun 2004, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:

> I find this astonishing, absolutely astonishing.

I have in front of me Joseph E. Wessely, Handy Dictionary of the Latin and
English Languages.  It has no date, but the Yale catalog assigns it the
dating "188-."  On page 29 appears the following:

cunnus, i, _m. cunt, strumpet._

Fred Shapiro

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