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Historical Slang Terms For Having Sex, From 1351 Through Today

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In earlier times, when English-speaking people wanted to get down and dirty, they might say they were playing at couch quail, engage in pup-noddy, make butter with one's tale, or ride a dragon upon Saint George. Want to brush up on your historical sexy slang? These charts can help.

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Linguist Jonathon Green, author of Green's Dictionary of Slang and other essential books on slang, created two charts of genitalia slang , one for penis and one for vagina. Now he's done the same with three interactive charts showing the first appearance of English-language slang terms for sexual intercourse generally, oral sex and anal intercourse, and orgasms, bodily fluids, and contraception. The basic intercourse chart, which you can see a snippet from above, stretches back to 1351.

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The oral and anal chart starts in the late 1500s, though it gets far more crowded in the 20th century. Some of the Victorian-era terms for anal sex are particularly cheeky:

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And the orgasms, bodily fluids, and contraception chart gives you every term you ever wanted to know about genital secretions:

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A Timeline for Slang Terms for Sexual Intercourse: Part 1 The Basics, A Timeline for Slang Terms for Sexual Intercourse: Part 2 Oral Sex and Beyond, A Timeline for Slang Terms for Sexual Intercourse: Part 3 Orgasm, Bodily Fluids & Contraception [TimeGlider via Nerdcore]

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Mister Knight

Beard-splitting seems apt enough, but wick-dipping? That sounds violent.

Also, reflecting on my own vocal tendancies, whenever I order ice cream, I tend to point at the flavor of choice and say, "Bit o' that there." YUMMY.