Friday, March 25, 2016
Doug from Traverse City asked about the word raunchy. Originally, it meant sloppy and unkempt. It then came to mean bawdy and off-color. Most dictionaries declare that its origin is unknown. It first shows up in print in the 1930s, and it may have been Army-Air Corps slang—a reference to an improperly worn or cared-for uniform.
The word has a number of interesting synonyms and near-synonyms, a testimony to a sophomoric tendency to tell off-color jokes.
· bawdy: < Old French baud, licentious
· lascivious: < Latin lascivia, licentious
· obscene: < Latin obscenus, lewd
· scatological: < Greek root skat-, dung
· risqué: < French risqué, unsuitable
· salacious: < Latin salax, lustful, “fond of leaping upon”
· ribald: < Old French riber, to indulge in pleasure
· licentious: < Latin licentia, license, in the sense of excessive permissiveness
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