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My God!  No wonder poor Burney didn't do
well--she never stood a chance.

--- Jennifer Formichelli <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear Carrol,
>
> Any English reader (and James had quite enough of the English
> world to
> know it) would find that name outright rude and rather funny.
> The word
> 'fanny' in English is obscene; it is the equivalent more or
> less of
> cunt. The OED does not mention this, but Partridge records it
> from 1860
> on.  I will leave the Assingham part to the imagination.
>
> Dickens, of course, trades in the name and its often
> humourous, even
> caricaturical, relation to the person.
>
> Yours, Jennifer
>
>
> On Monday, May 12, 2003, at 10:09  AM, Carrol Cox wrote:
>
> > P.S. and O.T. I've read _Golden Bowl_ many times, but have
> never read
> > any commentary on it. A name like "Fanny Assingham" in a
> book urges the
> > reader to inspect other names


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