Antedating of "Oral Sex" and "cunnilinctus"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jul 8 19:20:37 UTC 2013

On Jul 8, 2013, at 1:15 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> At 7/8/2013 10:16 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> So it was Legman who put the c*t in cunnilingus?
>> LH
> Perhaps not.  Havelock Ellis (Studies in the Psychology of Sex) does
> not have ora- or oro- in any combination (or at least his index does
> not).  But he does have an index entry for "cunnilinguis [sic] or
> cunnilinctus" (each italicized).  I can't give a date, since the
> edition I am looking at is 1936/37.  (Earlier copyrights listed in
> that edition are 1906, 1910, and 1928.)
> OED2 has "cunnilingus" from Ellis's _Stud. Psychol. Sex_ in 1897 and
> 1905 as its earliest two quotations.  It does not have an entry for
> "cunnilinctus", but does have 3 distinct quotations, the earliest
> 1930, for each of which it adds "[sic]".  Which I suppose is not a
> moralistic judgement.
Nor an ablaut present-tense variant of [suc].


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