thanks for the help.
I finally found Robert Frank's "Sex in the Dictionary of Old English"
itself within: "Unlocking the Wordhord: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Memory of
Edward B. Irving, Jr."
However, John raised an interesting point about whether references to
sexual anatomy were or were not seen as "crude" (lewd, vulgar). And the
riddles are just confusing me - as I can't work out whether they were
more or less open about sex at that period.
On 18/10/2015 11:50, Carol Primrose wrote:
> They certainly enjoyed 'doubles entendres' . Once again I refer you to
> the Riddles, see:
> From: John Clark
> Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2015 10:59 AM
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> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Help me: Old English crude language
> I just don't think you should expect to find Old English 'crude
> language'. Why assume that they felt that certain parts of the human
> body and certain bodily functions were so 'unclean' they must not be
> 'named' or that the name must not be spoken in polite society? That
> sounds Biblical to me.
> If on the other hand you are looking for words that they would use as
> a matter of course but that WE regard as 'crude', then looking up the
> etymology of the 'dirty words' in the OED is a good start.
> John C
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