n.— «Sex. From the Latin sexus (to cut). I am not sure what that’s all about because the one time I heard the word “cut” during sex I bailed immediately. But all BDSM aside, it was originally used to denote gender. Now it’s just another word for scrumping.» —“Dirty words” by Shawna Sweeney in University of Manitoba The Manitoban (Can.) Sept. 28, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  1. wuz says:

    From the “Quotation” above: “…now it’s just another word for scrumping.” So, “scrumping” is just another word for…scrumping? Well, now that we’ve cleared that up….

  2. Jpavel says:

    Scrump actually seems to have two definitions from what I can find.
    1)To steal fruit, especially apples, from a garden or orchard.
    2)To engage in intercourse

    I believe the quotation by Shawna Sweeney is saying ‘sex’ is now just another word for scrumping and that sex came from sexus (to cut).

    The Online Etymology Dictionary states sexus meant “‘state of being either male or female, gender.’ ‘Commonly taken with seco as division or ‘half’ of the race’ [Tucker], which would connect it to secare ‘to divide or cut'”

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