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‘Fart,’ ‘Skank,’ and When Offensive Words First Appeared in The New Yorker

The Awl has a great post today that chronicles when several vulgar words first found their way into The New Yorker. For example, the first time “anal” appeared in the magazine was in 1994, but the first “shit” can be found in a 1976 piece titled “The Autumn of The Patriarch.”

Here’s a couple more:

slut
First used: 1974, Edna O’Brien, “The House of My Dreams”

blowjob
First used: 2003, Tad Friend, “Remake Man”

If your inner teenager is laughing, then go ahead and click through to find out more.

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