12 posts • joined 28 Mar 2016
Re: Etymology of cunt
First known reference in English apparently is in a compound, Oxford street name Gropecuntlane cited from c. 1230 (and attested through late 14c.) in "Place-Names of Oxfordshire" (Gelling & Stenton, 1953), presumably a haunt of prostitutes. Used in medical writing c. 1400, but avoided in public speech since 15c.; considered obscene since 17c.
Re: Please consider changing the title
I think I'll take exception to the use of the word 'rover' because it's Friday.
late 14c., "sea-robber, pirate," from Middle Dutch rover "robber, predator, plunderer," especially in zeerovere "pirate," literally "sea-robber," from roven "to rob," from Middle Dutch roof "spoil, plunder," related to Old English reaf "spoil, plunder," reafian "to reave" (see reave (v.)). (http://etymonline.com)
... where do "server", "home" and "browser" hail from?
server (n.) late 14c., agent noun from serve (v.). Computer sense by 1992.
home (n.) Old English ham "dwelling place, house, abode, fixed residence; estate; village; region, country," from Proto-Germanic *haimaz "home" (source also of Old Frisian hem "home, village," ...
browser (n.) 1845, "animal which browses," agent noun from browse (v.). In the computer sense by 1982.
And more at http://etymonline.com/