[Ads-l] Dialect clash: _shlong_

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 20 21:17:11 EST 2016


As it happens, there’s an antedate, if we can call it that, 8 pages earlier; Portnoy describing his father, with his

 "two big healthy balls such as a king would be proud to put on display, and a shlong of magisterial length and girth” (p. 42)

I’d be surprised if no other Jewish writer had an earlier shlong, or if Roth himself didn’t.  

LH





> On Dec 20, 2016, at 8:50 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Interestingly enough, that's also the earliest in the HDAS files.
> 
> JL
> 
> On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 8:37 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
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>>> On Dec 20, 2016, at 8:22 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Daniel Tosh is chatting with a thirty-ish, black, female "guest":
>>> 
>>> DT. How many shlongs have you seen?
>>> BW. How many whats?
>>> DT. "Shlongs."
>>> BW. "Shlongs"? I don't know what that is.
>>> 
>>>>> Apparently not a fan of Philip Roth.  First cite in OED:
>> 
>> 1969   P. Roth Portnoy's Complaint <> 50   His shlong brings to mind the
>> fire hoses coiled along the corridors at school.
>> 
>> I’m sure our intrepid researchers can antedate that with one…um, hand tied
>> behind their back.
>> 
>> LH
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