An early (so to speak) and unmistakable "cock" = penis

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Jan 24 16:03:22 UTC 2008

In John  Josselyn's "Two Voyages to New-England" (1674), in a
description of the birthing customs of the Indians:

"They wrap the child up in a young Beaver-skin with his heels close
to his britch, leaving a little hole if it be a Boy for his
Cock to peep out at; and lace him down to the board upon his back."

interdates 1618 (earliest OED; pace HDAS) - 1714.

Assertedly page 127 (near the bottom) of the 1674 edition.  (I am
reading the critical edition by Paul J. Lindholdt, where it is on page 92.)


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