[Ads-l] Dialect clash: _shlong_

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 20 21:18:32 EST 2016


Slightly earlier (1968) in Collin Baker et al.'s _College Undergraduate
Slang Study_ (CUSS), where "schlong" is defined as "male sex organ" (see
GDoS).

But that surely can be antedated, since we have the verb "schlong" meaning
"defeat soundly" from 1967, as I discussed last year during schlong-gate:

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On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 9:17 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> 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.
>
>
> > 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:
> >
> >>> 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.
> >>
>
>

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