Christopher Sebela

writer, wronger, rearranger

old-hat

…an earlier meaning of ‘old hat’, which had gone out of use by the 20th century, was an altogether more vulgar allusion; to the female vulva. This was referred to quite explicitly in Thomas D’Urfey’s comic play The Intrigues at Versailles, 1697:

"Why, how now, ye piece of old Hat, what are ye musty? the Jade’s as musty as a stale pot of Marmalade of her own making."

George Grose, in the 1785 version of his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, lists the term like this:

"Old hat; a woman’s privities: because frequently felt."

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