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  • n. Any solid tumour of the testicle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any solid tumor of the testicle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fleshy tumor of the testis, as a carcinoma or sarcoma.


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Ancient Greek



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  • "Meanwhile Dominic Strauss Kahn's notorious problem was that he was a complete dick, which he bore with uncommon firmness..."

    Can we look forward to amputation?

    September 17, 2011

  • I think the current President of the Republic here in France might lay claim to the title of sarcocelebrity as well. Just sayin'

    September 16, 2011

  • I don't see what the Little Prince has to do with Johnson's ballsack.

    September 16, 2011

  • Samuel Johnson: lexicographer, and now, the world's first sarcocelebrity.

    September 16, 2011

  • I don't know which is more impressive -- the fact that yarb takes enough care to get that ç right in "Provençal", or ruzuzu's casual introduction of petitio principii into the discussion...

    September 16, 2011

  • This is worse than it sounds. I would have thought a sarcocele to be some quaint Provençal country dance.

    September 16, 2011

  • Which then raises this question: How much do singing Barbadoans know about the fallacy called petitio principii?

    September 16, 2011

  • It all begs the question "Why should elephantiasis be referred to as Barbadoes leg"?


    A concerned Barbadoan.

    September 16, 2011

  • please







    September 16, 2011

  • I read The Compleat Angler when in school, and haven't picked it up since. Johnson's definition is TMI about himself, no?

    September 16, 2011

  • By the way, here's Johnson's definition: "A fleshy excrescence of the testicles, which sometimes grow so large as to stretch the scrotum much beyond its natural size."

    September 16, 2011

  • Thanks, hh. I happened across it because I was looking up Johnson's definition of salmon. (It has a great citation from The Compleat Angler--have you ever read it?)

    September 1, 2011

  • 'Zuzu! Connecting Johnson's definition of sarcocele and Boswell's writing about Johnson and his sarcocele is an awe-inspiring piece of sleuthing and dot connecting. Thanks!

    September 1, 2011

  • Oh, man. I was just reading Samuel Johnson's definition for this "fleshy excrescence" in A Dictionary of the English Language when I thought I'd come over here and see if the Century Dictionary had anything exciting to say about it.

    Then I saw this in the examples: “The complaint was a sarcocele, which Johnson bore with uncommon firmness, and was not at all frightened while he looked forward to amputation.” --Boswell's Life of Johnson Abridged and edited, with an introduction by Charles Grosvenor Osgood

    September 1, 2011