MY HABITAT

Is it a civilized library where you can get a pint of ale or is it a literary pub?

HOW TIMES CHANGE

In the 13th century there were streets in London named Gropecuntlane, Pissing Alley and Shitteborwelane. A dandelion could be called a pissabed, a heron a shiterow and a windhover a windfucker. In those days people were pretty easygoing about terms referring to genitalia or bodily functions; it was profanity or blasphemy that raised blood pressures.

Source: Geoffrey Hughes (1998), Swearing, Penguin


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