Sex in Dictionaries: An Illustrated Presentation by Jesse Sheidlower, the Sex in the Dictionary: An Illustrated Presentation by Jesse Sheidlower, the President of the American Dialect Society
Did you know that according to the current editions of most major dictionaries, it’s impossible to fuck someone in the ass with a dildo? A full explanation this odd situation touches on prudery, etymology, ignorance, the theory of defining, and more. Jesse Sheidlower will conduct a thorough tour of the dirtiest words in English (and some other languages), discussing their history, their true meanings, and what a Missouri court said in 1846 about the role of dictionaries in a case about a man accused of having sex with a horse. The word fuck will be given particularly detailed treatment.
Jesse Sheidlower, a prominent lexicographer and the President of the American Dialect Society, is the author of The F-Word, a 320-page book about the word fuck.
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