dirty words in dictionaries

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Jun 4 15:05:59 UTC 2004

On Thu, 3 Jun 2004, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:

> Yes. I'd like to see how it defines "irrumare", or any of its
> relatives (irrumatio, irrumator). This word, which means 'to
> P.S. "futuere" might be another one worth checking, of course.

Since I am preventing Larry Horn from checking by holding on to Yale's
copy, I guess I'm obligated to look.  Neither of these two terms is
included in the Wessely dictionary, unfortunately.  The appearance of
"cunt" may be an isolated instance of taboo English vocabulary creeping

Fred Shapiro

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