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Dirty words?
antartica Posted: Wed Apr 6 03:15:19 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Here is a list of words that sound gross but aren't. Definitions are from either Merriam-Webster Online or the Oxford English Dictionary. Other sources are noted.


A quartet of an hour's relaxation allowed to the boys in the middle of the afternoon school in summer to give them an opportunity of disposing of beevers, a portion of bread and allowance of beer laid out in Winchester School Hall.

Jeffrey Kacirk, The Word Museum

Brown Creeper
A small, thin, nearly camouflaged bird with white belly, long stiff tail, and thin curved bill. Obvious white line above dark eye.

Birds of Wisconsin: A Field Guide, By Stan Tekiela

Canonical Erection
The rite by which the house of a religious order is sanctified and officially recognized by the [Catholic] Church.

Still Catholic After All These Years, by Mary Jane Frances, et al.

1. orig. Apparently a nursery term, applied to anything a child rides astride upon, as a stick with a horse's head, a hobby-horse, any one's leg or knee. Hence ride on a (or a-) cockhorse.

A small upper loft; a small apartment under the very ridge of the roof to which the access is usually by a ladder; ‘the room over the garret’ (J.).

One who rears game-cocks

1. An obsolete medical preparation: see quot.

2. ‘A stream of water brought in a trough, through a long pole, in order to wash out the sand of the tin-ore into the launder, while it is bruising in the coffer of a stamping mill’ (Chambers Cycl. Supp. 1753).

Cockqueanan var. of CUCKQUEAN. Obs. .

Main Entry: dick·cis·sel
Pronunciation: dik-'si-s&l, 'dik-"
Function: noun
Etymology: imitative
: a common migratory black-throated finch (Spiza americana) of the central U.S.

Dick test
Main Entry: Dick test
Pronunciation: 'dik-
Function: noun
Etymology: George F. Dick and Gladys H. Dick
: a test to determine susceptibility or immunity to scarlet fever by an injection of scarlet fever toxin

A vote manufactured for party purposes, by the transfer to persons, not otherwise legally qualified, of sufficient property to qualify them as electors.

Oxofrd English Dictionary

Some kind of net for fishing.

Oxford English Dictionary

A performer on the bassoon, bassoonist.

Oxford English Dictionary

Main Entry: fig·wort
Pronunciation: 'fig-"w&rt, -"wort
Function: noun
: any of a genus (Scrophularia) of chiefly herbaceous plants of the snapdragon family with leaves having no stipules, an irregular bilabiate corolla, and a 2-celled ovary.

Pertaining to the fornix (an anatomical arch or fold, esp. an arched formation of the brain)

Oxford English Dictionary

Main Entry: fu·cus
Pronunciation: 'fyü-k&s
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin, seaweed, archil, dye obtained from archil, from Greek phykos
1 obsolete : a face paint
2 [New Latin, genus name, from Latin] : any of a genus (Fucus) of cartilaginous brown algae used in the kelp industry; broadly : any of various brown algae

Main Entry: fut·tock
Pronunciation: 'f&-t&k
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English votek, futtek
: one of the curved timbers scarfed together to form the lower part of the compound rib of a ship

Gay Deceiver
Bust pads, usually of foam rubber, inserted into a bra to give a fuller appearance.

Fairchild's Dictionary of Fashion

obs. ff. JAIL, JAILER.


A place for rubbish or odds and ends, as a housemaid's cupboard, or a lumber room.

The Word Museum, Jeffrey Kacirk

: a covering of minute ice crystals on a cold surface; also : ice particles formed from a gas

Oxford English Dictionary

Main Entry: hoary
Pronunciation: 'hOr-E, 'hor-
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): hoar·i·er; -est
1 : gray or white with or as if with age
2 : extremely old : ANCIENT <hoary legends>
- hoar·i·ness noun

Rarely used term for a morbid desire to eat.

On-line Medical Dictonary

1. (More fully shittim wood.) The wood of the shittah-tree, acacia wood.
Sometimes erroneously used for SHITTAH tree.

A scatological figure of speech

Main Entry: 1shut·tle·cock
Pronunciation: 'sh&-t&l-"käk
Function: noun
: a lightweight conical object with a rounded often rubber-covered nose that is used in badminton

An evergreen shrub or tree

A bird of the subfamily Parinae (Swainson)

Oxford English Dictionary

Main Entry: tro·pho·blast
Pronunciation: 'trO-f&-"blast
Function: noun
Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary
: a thin layer of ectoderm that forms the wall of many mammalian blastulas and functions in the nutrition and implantation of the embryo
- tro·pho·blas·tic

A seaweed of the genus Ulva, which includes sea lettuce, U. lactuca

Oxford English Dictionary

Of an organism or group of organisms: having the ability to disperse or be dispersed in a given environment. Hence va{sm}gility (also fig.).


A scabbard (Cockeram, 1623).


A little sheath or vagina; esp. in Bot. the capsule or theca enclosing the base of the seta in certain mosses.

White-Breasted Nuthatch
Slate gray bird with white belly and black cap and neck. Long thin bill slightly upturned. Chestnut colored under tail.

Birds of Wisconsin: A Field Guide, By Stan Tekiela

1.) Name for the kestrel [species of Hawk].
2.) fig. as a term of opprobrium.

Oxford English Dictionary

Main Entry: wood·cock
Pronunciation: 'wud-"käk
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural woodcocks
1 or plural woodcock : a widespread Old World woodland bird (Scolopax rusticola) that is related to the sandpipers and snipes; also : a smaller related game bird (Scolopax minor syn. Philohela minor) of eastern No. America
2 [from the ease with which the woodcock is snared] archaic : SIMPLETON

DanSRose Posted: Wed Apr 6 03:24:06 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I don't know if it's the hour or that I'm still 11 years old at heart, but hee, they said cock.
Yeah, it's the horu

antartica Posted: Wed Apr 6 12:36:55 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Football Terms That Sound Dirty But Aren't

20. The hole closed on him before he could penetrate it.
19. He came at his blind side and got him from behind.
18. He's off to the sidelines for a quick blow.
17. It's a game of inches.
16. That hole was so big, you could drive a truck through it.
15. When you get down in this area, you just gotta start pounding.
14. He's gonna feel that one tomorrow.
13. He found his tight end.
12. End around.
11. He had to stretch to get it in.
10. He gets penetration in the backfield.
9. He blows them off (at the line).
8. He bangs it in.
7. He could go all the way.
6. He gets it off just in time.
5. He goes deep.
4. He found a hole and slid through it.
3. He pounds it in.
2. He beats them off (the line)
1. He's got great hands.

addi Posted: Wed Apr 6 13:02:57 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  

From an ex football player...memories.

I remember hearing this one too:

He'll beat you long. He'll beat you short, and he ain't afraid to get his uniform dirty.


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