Etymology of the Word “Dildo” has Italian Roots


Don’t ask me how I heard this. No, seriously, don’t. At any rate, I wanted to verify it for myself, and sho’ nuff:

The word “dildo” originally referred to the phallus-shaped peg used to lock an oar in position on a dory (small boat). It would be inserted into a hole on the side of the boat, and is very similar in shape and function to the modern toy. It is highly likely the toy takes its name from this sailing tool, which also lends its name to the town of Dildo and the nearby Dildo Island in Newfoundland, Canada. Others suggest the word is a corruption of Italian “diletto” (for “delight”).

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Needless to say, the emphasis is mine.