dirty words in dictionaries: semi-final thoughts

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Fri Jun 18 01:08:02 UTC 2004

My copy of the Wessely Handy Dictionary has no date but it looks old, like

It has the c-word all right.

There is no entry for "mentula". No other 'dirty words' that I can find,
except maybe this one ... at least this seems odd: Latin "penis" has
English translation "man's yard" (I would have expected English "penis", I

-- Doug Wilson

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