Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Female Appellation.

When Eve brought woe to all mankind
Then Adam called her wo-man ;
But when she woo’d with love so kind
He then pronounced her woo-man.
But now with folly and with pride
Their husband’s pockets trimming,
The ladies are so full of whims
That people call them whim-men.

Scientific American: New York, December 19, 1846.

The Ladies' Repository has it in their September 1865 issue (on p.176). The 22 February 1868 Once A Week (also p.176) wonders who the author was. Joseph Hodges Choate used it in his 22 December 1880 speech (The Pilgrim Mothers), which may have helped propel it into the next century.

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