"merkin" 1682

Paul paulzjoh at MTNHOME.COM
Fri Jan 18 02:24:35 UTC 2008

Does everyone know the Merkin joke that ends "I'll eat them here"?

Laurence Horn wrote:
> At 7:44 PM -0500 1/17/08, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>> But the unlucky Dog of a Carver sent them back again two chopping
>> Girles with Merkins exposed. This enraged the Justice more, and the
>> Sign was summoned before the wise Court, where they gravely
>> determined (to keep the Girles from blushing) they should have Roses
>> clapt upon their Merkins; which is the original of our new Proverb,
>> Under the Rose a Merkin.
> whence our national flower, the Amerkin beauty rose.
> LH
>> merkin sense 1.a = female pudendum.
>> J.W.  A Letter from New-England Concerning their Customs, Manners,
>> and Religion. [etc.]  London: Printed for Randolph Taylor near
>> Stationers Hall, 1682.  Page 9.  [Accessible via EEBO.]
>> The proverb is in, and only in, Whiting, "Early American Proverbs and
>> Proverbial Phrases", p. 372; and Miller, "The New England Mind: From
>> Colony to Province", p. 139 [according to Google Web, Books, and
>> Scholar].  In ADS-L archives, no mention of "merkin and 1682".
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Now that food has replaced sex in my life, I can't even get into my own pants.

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