I’ve left the topic of my book unaddressed for too long, preoccupied as I have been with more highfalutin’ topics, but thanks to the indefatigable John Emerson I hereby bring you Русский Мат.net! Don’t worry, it’s not just Russian, though it does have a nice Russian as they speak it section from which I’ve already learned a lot (I’ve seen ыыыы but had no idea it represented laughter); there’s a useful section where you can search “Argot français classique” in dictionaries ranging from 1827 to 1907. I looked up pine ‘cock’ and got this delightful quote from Delvau (1864): “L’outil masculin, l’engin avec lequel l’humanité pine et se perpétua. On n’ose pas prononcer le mot, mais on adore la chose…” [The male tool, the appliance with which humanity screws and has perpetuated itself. One does not dare pronounce the word, but one adores the thing…”] Thanks, John!