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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Today's Etymology: "Buggery" -- 1667 E. Chamberlayne Present State Great Brit. (1684) i. 41 The sin of Buggery brought into England by the Lombards.

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ˈbuggery, n. and adj.

Pronunciation:  /ˈbʌgərɪ/
Forms:  ME bugerie, 15 buggerye, buggarie, buggorie, boggery, bowgery, bockery, Sc. bewgrye, 15–16 buggerie, 15– buggery, 17– buggary.(Show Less)
Etymology:  Formed as buggerly adj. and adv.: see -ery suffix.
 A. n.

1. Abominable heresy. Obs.

1330   R. Mannyng Chron. 320   Þe Kyng said & did crie, þe pape was heretike‥and lyued in bugerie.

 2. Anal intercourse. Cf. sodomy n.   Also: as a technical term in criminal law = bestiality n. 3.

1538   A. Fitzherbert Loffice & Auctoryte Iustiyes de Peas f. cxxvv,   It is enacted that the vice of Buggorie committed with man kynd, or beast be adiuged felonie.
1554   D. Lindsay Dialog Experience & Courteour l. 3473 in Wks. (1931) I,   That self Syn of Sodomye, and most abhominabyll bewgrye [v.r. bowgre].
1667   E. Chamberlayne Present State Great Brit. (1684) i. 41   The sin of Buggery brought into England by the Lombards.
1729   G. Jacob New Law-dict.,   Buggery‥is defined to be carnalis copula contra Naturam, & hoc vel per confusionem Specierum, sc. a Man or Woman with a brute Beast; vel Sexuum, a Man with a Man, or Man with a Woman.
1754   J. Edwards Careful Enq. Freedom of Will iii. vii. 187   The most horrid Crimes, Adultery, Murder, Buggery, Blasphemy, &c.
1861   Act 24 & 25 Vic. c. §61   The abominable crime of buggery, committed either with mankind or with any animal.
1966   J. Sparrow Controversial Ess. 41   Lawrence weaves into his story not merely a defence but a panegyric of this practice, making Lady Chatterley's Lover a vehicle for conveying his belief that it is a proper, if not a necessary, element in a full sexual relationship between man and woman.‥ The practice approved by Lawrence is that known in English law as buggery.


 3. In various slang uses (see quots.) = hell n. and int. Phrases 3; to play buggery : to play havoc. (Cf. attrib. quot.1851 at sense B.)

1898   Shetland News 11 June in Eng. Dial. Dict.,   You wye 'at dey geng an' buy at private bargains ootside da ring plays buggery.
1923   J. Manchon Le Slang 74   All to buggery, foutu.
1929   F. Manning Middle Parts of Fortune I. iii. 39,   I saw 'im, sir; 'e were just blown to buggery.
1937   E. Partridge Dict. Slang 103/2   Like buggery, either vigorously, cruelly, vindictively; or, as an expletive, certainly not!
1939   D. Thomas Let. Mar. in Let. (1966) 228   Old stories mostly, but cut and pruned to buggery or sense.
1961   Coast to Coast 1959–60 83   ‘Pipe down, Rymill!’ ‘Go to buggery, Rymill!’
1966   ‘E. Lindall’ Time too Soon (1967) xiii. 142   ‘Sah. You sick.’ ‘Go to buggery,’ Minogue snarled. ‘Yes, sah,’ Basikas said, and stood aside.

 B. adj.

1643   R. Overton Mans Mortallitie vi. 49   Christ dyed not for the rationall part seperated from the materiall, nor the materiall from the rationall, if there should be such Buggery births.
1851   H. Mayhew London Labour I. 23   A buggery fool.
source:  OED

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