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Etymology of the word dildo

hikergirl:

The etymology of the word dildo is unclear. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) describes the word as being of “obscure origin”.[2] One theory is that it originally referred to the phallus-shaped peg used to lock an oar in position on a dory (small boat). It would be inserted into a hole on the side of the boat, and is very similar in shape to the modern toy. It is possible that the sex toy takes its name from this sailing tool, which also lends its name to the town of Dildo and the nearby Dildo Island in Newfoundland, Canada. Others suggest the word is a corruption of Italian diletto (for “delight”).[3]

According to the OED, the word’s first appearance in English was in Thomas Nashe’s Choise of Valentines or the Merie Ballad of Nash his Dildo (c. 1593).[4] The word also appears in Ben Jonson’s 1610 play, The Alchemist. William Shakespeare used the term once in The Winter’s Tale, believed to be from 1610 or 1611, but not printed until the First Folio of 1623.[5]

The phrase “Dil Doul”, referring to a man’s penis, appears in the 17th century folk ballad “The Maids Complaint for want of a Dil Doul”.[6]The song was among the many in the library of Samuel Pepys, and the term “doul” still means a child’s little penis in modern Persian.

Olisbos is a classical term for a dildo, from the Greek ολισβος; a godemiche is a dildo in the shape of a penis with scrotum.

In some modern languages, the names for dildo can be more descriptive, creative or subtle—note, for instance, the Russian Фаллоимитатор (“phallic imitator”), the Hindi darshildo, the Spanish consolador (“consolation” or “consolator”), and the Welsh cala goeg (“fake penis”).

(via Wikipedia)

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I see the town is in Newfoundland, Canada.

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