Sunday, June 22, 2008

Mentula and Verpa

Obscenis, peream, Priape, si non uti me pudet improbisque verbis sed cum tu posito deus pudore ostendas mihi coleos patentes cum cunno mihi mentula est vocanda ("I'd rather die than use obscene and improper words; but when you, as a god, appear with your balls hanging out, it is appropriate for me to speak of cunts and cocks.") Verpa is also a basic Latin obscenity for "penis". It appears less frequently in Classical Latin, but it does appear in Catullus 47: vos Veraniolo meo et Fabullo verpus praeposuit Priapus ille? ("Did that dick, that Priapus, prefer you to my dear little Veranius (erection) and Fabullus?")

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