[LMB] bemused by bemused
marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Fri Sep 4 13:05:39 BST 2015
On Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:24:40 -0500 (CDT), Lois McMaster Bujold
<lbujold at myinfmail.com> wrote:
>(These things happen, to young heavy readers who pick it all up as they
>go. For a long time I thought "raddled" meant "degraded or diseased"
>due to the tone of its delivery with, invariably, the term "raddled
>whore" by a certain sort of archaic character. An editor helpfully
>enlightened me that it actually means "rouged". I never would have
>guessed that from context.)
"Raddle" is a (usually red) dye placed on the stomach of a ram, to
indicate which of the ewes he has... visited.
So, while it means "rouged" when applied to a person, it's a sort of
metaphor, and it also has a significant sexual undertone built in.
A fried of mine is, inter alia, a smallholder with several sheep up in
the Peak District. Last time I dropped in, he was just coming in out of
the field, and said: "I need to wash my hands, I've just been putting
raddle on the tup."
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