Date: Thu, 10 Jul 1997 08:57:49 -0400

From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM

Subject: Re: Golden Oldies

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

_Cock_ 'the female genitalia' is a well-known Southernism; see DARE

and HDAS. It's almost totally unheard of outside the south, except

in Black E. The rapper "Li'l Kim," who is known for her explicit

lyrics, uses it in a recent song.

Jesse Sheidlower