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qroqqa commented on the word gillflirted
November 24, 2008
bilby commented on the word gillflirted
Ooh, comes just before gillgadget!
mollusque commented on the word gillflirted
DARE defines gillflirted as "having the vulva injured, usually in giving birth".
. . . in our age bred up into infants searching for a womb to crawl into, not be made to walk loth the gingerly dust of death, but to find a moist, gillflirted way.
—Djuna Barnes, Nightwood
I had no idea what this meant; 'gill-flirt' is in the OED with a transparent meaning "wanton girl". Okay. *reviews sentence* Okay, I still have no idea what it means, Djuna.
Also two grammatical oddities; 'loth' as an adverb (normally it's only an adjective in the predicative complement 'be loth to VP'), and 'gingerly' as an adjective.
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