Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Fri Sep 11 19:05:31 UTC 2009

On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 11:01:48AM -0800, David Bowie wrote:
> A student here is trying to figure out how far back "melons" for female
> breasts goes. The OED has 1957 as the earliest use for that sense, but
> he thinks he may have found something that plays on that sense from
> 1862--but only maybe. Is there any other evidence that the term was used
> that way that early?

Uh, if there were, we'd put it in. This is in the revised range....

Jesse Sheidlower

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