Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 17 04:52:15 UTC 2005

>>Ca.1963, IIRC, the late, great Raven McDavid reviewed a slang dictionary for
>>Language. He noted that the compiler claimed that the word, "horny," in the
>>sexual sense was "of unknown origin." McDavid then stated that anyone
>>familiar with common farm animals knows the origin of the sexual sense of
>>"horny." Further deponent sayeth not.
>>Does anyone know what in hell he was talking about?
>I don't know for sure. Maybe I haven't been familiar enough with the animals.
>Me, I'd naively assume "horny" < "horn" = "erection" as shown in HDAS.

That's always been my assumption, and I should know (whether or not I do).


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