Archaic Definition of the Week – Belly


What the educated call an abdomen, the uneducated a stomach, and the puerile a tummy.

Belly is a good practical word of Anglo-Saxon derivation which is being edged out of use by the over-sensitive.  It is closely related to bellows: their common ancestor being a Saxon word for bag. It

The Wordsworth Dictionary of Obscenity & Taboo by James McDonald.

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