dirty words in dictionaries

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jun 4 03:35:10 UTC 2004

At 5:00 PM -0400 6/3/04, Fred Shapiro wrote:
>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
I was going to check for this in the Yale library copy of the
dictionary (hosted, curiously enough, by the Kline Science Library),
but strangely enough, it seems to have been checked out.  ;-)


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