The Romance of Language: Word for the Week 3/31/17

Whirligigs:

Testicles.

–from B. E. Gent’s Dictionary of the Canting Crew, c. 1699

      

“David” by Michelangelo
Picture by Jörg Bittner Unna – Own work. Via WikiMedia Commons

Somehow I think that is enough said. LOL At least I used a classic to illustrate the “whirligigs.”

A modern definition from Merriam-Webster is “one that continuously whirls, moves, or changes.”

Perhaps I can see a connection. 🙂

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2 Responses to The Romance of Language: Word for the Week 3/31/17

  1. Carrie-Anne says:

    I’d never heard that definition for whirligigs before! I’d only heard it applied to those spinning wooden decorations in the garden.

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