Precise Citation for Major Antedating of Euphemistic Sense of "Make Love"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 24 00:30:15 UTC 2014

Does anyone know the history of "faire l'amour"? I was speculating earlier that it may have undergone the same shift earlier than, and hence been a catalyst for, "make love".  What I'd need is the French counterpart of the OED, but if anything like that is accessible online I don't know where or how.  


On Aug 23, 2014, at 7:52 PM, W Brewer wrote:

> Wonder if  Kahn & Donaldson's <<Makin' Whoopee>> 1928 could have effected
> semantic extension of <<makin' love>> around that time.  (<<The title is a
> euphemism for sexual intimacy>> /Wikip)
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