Etymological Scholarship on C-Word

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Mar 23 15:53:04 UTC 2007

I am posting on behalf of Pat O'Conner, author of _Woe Is I_.  She is
interested in finding out about books or articles or other scholarship, by
linguists or etymologists or scholars of Sanskrit or Hinduism,
about the etymology of _cunt_.  She is familiar with the OED entry and
with P. H. Reaney's _The Origin of English Surnames_, which mentions some
old surnames incorporating _cunt_ or _cunte_.

If people respond to the list or to me privately, I will make sure to pass
on the information to Pat.

Fred Shapiro

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