dirty words in dictionaries: semi-final thoughts
gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Fri Jun 18 13:53:33 UTC 2004
On Jun 17, 2004, at 19:15, George Thompson wrote:
> If the two 18th C citations are in fact from manuscripts, and if
> Wessely's dictionary was published in the early or mid 1880s, before
> the 1888 source, which might be the case, it would be the earliest.
> (Those naughty Anglo-Saxons were using it as early as ca. 1230.) If
> any of the lexicographers among us (Jesse & Jonathon particularly) are
> inclined to use this citation, I would make an attempt to establish a
> date of publication.
The HDAS project would be happy to have it.
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Political Slang" (2004)
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