What do you call a sex maniac?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Feb 22 20:06:28 UTC 2010

At 2/22/2010 02:57 PM, Charles Doyle wrote:
>As the OED briefly explains, the confusion of "satire" and "satyr"
>is quite old. It was a 16th-century commonplace that verse satire
>ought to sound "rough"--as if spoken by shaggy, goatish satyrs.

As in the "ruff" bark of laughter of satiric satyrs?  (Reminds me of
an old joke from a Carling beer commercial of years ago, about the
man, the dog, and the bartender.)


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