[Ads-l] Not in the OED -- perhaps with good reason

Daphne Preston-Kendal dpk at NONCEWORD.ORG
Thu May 5 09:01:27 UTC 2022

On 5 May 2022, at 10:47, Daphne Preston-Kendal <dpk at nonceword.org> wrote:

> Checking my usual sources, Franklin Veaux’s polyamory glossary added the variant ‘trouple’ in 2012 — it’s in this copy from June 2012 but not the previous WayBack Machine copy from May:
> <https://web.archive.org/web/20120618000329/http://www.morethantwo.com:80/polyglossary.html>
> A search shows up this 2012 NY Mag article with ‘throuple’ itself:
> <https://nymag.com/news/features/sex/2012/benny-morecock-throuple/>

Here’s a very early (but isolated) example in a BITNET post from 1994:

And another isolated usage from 1997 (apparently just meaning ‘three’):

But Google Groups has nothing more for "throuple" until 2014. Searching for "throuples" (plural) causes an error for me when trying to go past page 2 (2017). "trouple" has too much apparently-irrelevant noise for me to traipse through.

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