Clashing slang

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue May 18 00:40:08 UTC 2010

At 5/17/2010 05:33 PM, David A. Daniel wrote:
>I am pretty sure that diddling in the west-coast sixties involved fingers.
>Still think of it thus.

Perhaps here are the fingers:
OED diddle, v.1., "4. a. intr. and trans. To copulate or have sexual
intercourse (with), esp. with woman as obj.    b. intr. and refl. To
masturbate (now chiefly U.S.). slang."

On the east coast, and before the sixties, I understood "diddle" as
male fingers - female genitalia.


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