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« on: Jan 03, 2018, 05:57:14 am »


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It's not just Bell End!
Fanny Hands Lane and Honey Knob Hill are some of the other rude place names making residents' lives a misery

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« Reply #1 on: Jan 03, 2018, 10:54:31 am »

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One thing that surprised me when I moved to the UK
was that the word "fanny" was the slang word for a woman's private parts.

Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (popularly known as Fanny Hill, an anglicisation of the Latin mons veneris, mound of Venus)[1] is an erotic novel by English novelist John Cleland first published in London in 1748.
Written while the author was in debtors' prison in London,[
2][3] it is considered "the first original English prose pornography, and the first pornography to use the form of the novel".[4]
It is one of the most prosecuted and banned books in history.[5]

I had actually read the novel when I was a teenager !
I had thought it was an endearing way to shorten the name Frances,
as that was the first name of our heroine in the novel.

First US edition
In 1963, Putnam published the book in the United States under the title John Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. This edition was also immediately banned for obscenity in Massachusetts, after a mother complained to the state's Obscene Literature Control Commission.[11] The publisher's challenge to the ban went up to the Supreme Court. In a landmark decision in 1966, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Memoirs v. Massachusetts that Fanny Hill did not meet the Roth standard for obscenity.

For a more detailed hostory of this classic book that was banned in the UK forhundreds of years,
but smuggled into the USA in 1821,
go to the wikipedia link.

There are some funny,  but not obscene references to this novel from  the old TV series M*A*S*H that will make you smile !

It is now considered a literary classic in the UK and USA.
Whether or not you consider it obscene, you'll have to read it for yourself.

It certainly is very tame compared to what is shown on television nowadays !

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