Antedating of "Oral Sex"

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 9 10:19:37 UTC 2013

Cunnilingus vis-a-vis cunnilinctus. Lewis & Short list(s) <cunnilingus>
(Martial), glossed as <cunnum lingens> (i.e. licking; eatin' pussy). IMO
<-linctus> (i.e. licked) is hard to process: <pussy-licked>?? (Heard of
pussy-whipped, though.) And the <-us> masculine ending is inscrutable, had
the intended meaning been <pussy-licked (sc. woman)>; probably induced
under influence of earlier (pejorized) cunnilingus. Ergo, cunnilinctus
probably a psychobabble euphemism for Martial's ancient vulgarism.

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