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PostSubject: Slang   Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:55 pm

I dearly want a character in my novel (set in 1344) to tell another character to "sod off," but I suspect that insult comes from a far later time. Any good 14th-century equivalents that immediately spring to mind?
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PostSubject: Re: Slang   Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:34 am

Hmmmm....something like 'go to the devil', maybe?

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PostSubject: Re: Slang   Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:17 pm

Maybe that will work. Thanks! Not surprisingly, my online search has revealed all sorts of conflicting information about "sod off." Some sources say it arose in the Middle Ages, others not until the 19th century.
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