Date: Wed, 9 Jul 1997 22:09:14 -0400 From: "William H. Smith" Subject: Re: Golden Oldies At 11:32 AM 7/7/97 -0400, Ron Butters wrote: >.... Did you check the obvious slang dictionary sources before asking this question? > No, the holdings at Piedmont College are rather small, and library budgets are getting smaller (and perhaps smaller still if Richard Jewel has his way), and I didn't have time to drive "Out of the hills of Habersham/ Down through the valleys of Hall" to the 'Plastic City" (Athens). Anyway, my wife said, "You can find these things on the internet." Besides, it opened an interesting thread. In contribution to my own query, when I first met Karl Nicholas he came to me after I had presented a paper, introduced himself, and said, "I bet you thought 'cock' referred to female anatomy until you entered the service." He was right. Is anyone else familiar with that usage? Some ten years later Karl reported that when he was in Jamaica a little girl asked if he wanted to see her 'cockle' (for money, of course). Bill Smith Piedmont College