Posted by ESC on June 26, 2003
In Reply to: Tipping the velvet posted by Margaret on June 26, 2003
: When did this euphemism start? and exctly who did it refer to?
VELVET - The tongue in expressions such as "tip the velvet." Cant., late 1600s, British English. (From "Slang and Euphemism: A Dictionary of Oaths, Curses, Insults, Ethnic Slurs, Sexual Slang and Metaphor, Drug Talk, College Lingo and Related Matters" by Richard A. Spears (New American Library, Penguin Putnam, New York, Third Edition, 2001)