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  • Usage on spavined.

    January 29, 2010

  • Nabokov used it to denote sex "just for the fun of it."

    December 26, 2008

  • See houghmagandy.

    December 14, 2008

  • HOCHMAGANDY, n. Also houghmagandie, -y. Fornication. Also used attrib. The word is obs. except as a reminiscence of Burns, etc. hoxməˈgɑndi
    *Abd. a.1700 J. Maidment New Book Old Ballads (1885) 11:
    And well I wot he kens the gate To play at hough-ma-gandy.
    *Abd. 1746 W. Forbes Dominie Deposed lxxvii.:
    Play up, sae merry as we hae been. . . . Gin the kirk wad let’s alane’ Or Houghmagandy.
    *Ayr. 1785 Burns Holy Fair xxvii.:
    An’ monie jobs that day begin, May end in Houghmagandie Some ither day.
    *Gall. 1796 J. Lauderdale Poems 50:
    Be not sair on hough-magandie, As it’s a fit o’ friendly passion, And vera muckle now in fashion.
    *Rnf. 1805 R. Tannahill Poems (1876) 44:
    The priest convenes his scandal court, Tae ken what houghmagandie sport Has been gaun on within the parish.
    A ludicrous formation based on Hoch (cf. Hochle, v., 3.) and phs. Canty.
    - Dictionary of Scots Language.

    December 14, 2008

  • illicit sexual intercourse

    this word occurs in one of Burns' poems, and Vladimir Nabokov makes use of it in Pale Fire.

    December 14, 2008