Etymological Scholarship on C-Word

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Mar 23 17:59:09 UTC 2007

HDAS includes the term.

  Is it OED that cites "Gropecuntelane" as a street name in Medieval England ?

  Beware of the speculations in Partridge's _Origins_.


Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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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

Fred R. Shapiro Editor
Associate Librarian for Collections and YALE BOOK OF QUOTATIONS
Access and Lecturer in Legal Research Yale University Press
Yale Law School ISBN 0300107986
e-mail: fred.shapiro at

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