Date: Tue, 31 May 1994 16:54:43 -0700
From: Roger Vanderveen rvander[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ICHIPS.INTEL.COM
Subject: Re: Earliest reference to "Mooning"
To follow up with respect to the baldness of simian rear ends:
One of my favorite passages in all of Chaucer occurs in the Parson's Tale
De superbia concerning the superfluity of clothing and scantness of
Allas, somme of hem shewen the boce of hir shape and the horrible
swollen membres that semeth lik the maladie of hirnia, in the
wrappynge of hir hoses, / and eek the buttokes of hem faren as it
were the hyndre part of a she-ape in the fulle of the mone.
yes, one of my favorites, too--so I'll ask a question I asked several
months ago--what *is* the earliest attested use of the verb "to
moon"--wouldn't it be too wonderful if this sophomoric in-your-face
(excuse me) activity was related to ancient and medieval ape lore?
Rudy, what do you or your group make of this one? What is the earliest
usage of the current verb "to moon"? I learned it in my old age, but it
may well have been around for a while.
I think someone has missed the point. Certainly the passage refers to the
vaginal tissue of a female ape (chimpanzee, for example) which becomes bloated
and protrudes quite visibly during menstruation. The only connection with the
moon is the time of the cycle.
I can't imagine anything "wonderful" about anyone imitating this effect.