RARA-AVIS: Shagging in the USA

From: Peedie Monk ( peediemonk@ukonline.co.uk)
Date: 19 Jun 2002

Carrie wrote: I have concluded, unfortunately, that you can only pull off most British slang if you have a British accent (although some words, like
"wanker" and "prat" and "shag" have a certain amount of portability, if only because they sound exactly like what they mean).

Like Carrie, I always thought "shag" was British. However, having just read Vin Packer's THREE-DAY TERROR (1957), in which she uses the word on two occasions to mean intercourse (unambiguously), I'm no longer so sure. I would imagine that Packer's usage of the word pre-dates its use over here.

Al Guthrie

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