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Subject: What Jane Austen didn't say
Date Posted: 6/17/2012 9:59 PM ET
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I'm watching an excellent documentary on the history of the English language and just finished a section on the contribution's of the great author, Jane Austen, to the English lexicon.  Thought you in the Love & Romance section would get a kick out of what they said in this documentary about the words that Jane Austen did NOT use.  These are all words for the, ahem, male member popular during her era:   (Side note: for those who don't know him, Dr Johnson wrote the first English dictionary)

Jane Austen era words for penis

tail pipe; pilgrim's staff; Captain Standish; silent flute; pike of pleasure; mutton dagger, cupid's torch; chink stopper; Nimrod, The Mighty Hunter; his majesty in purple cap; beloved guest; picklock; pleasure pivot; pump handle; dear morsel; Dr Johnson, because there was no one that Dr Johnson was not perpared to stand up to.

Don't remember seeing any of these in any Regencies.



Date Posted: 6/18/2012 10:05 AM ET
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Snort! I've read LOTS of Regency fiction in my time, and even in the racier ones, none of those have been mentioned.  Too funny!

Date Posted: 7/2/2012 10:04 PM ET
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Yeah, can't remember ever coming across a mutton dagger or a chink stopper in my reading. 


Thank goodness!  cheeky