In the chapter The New Aubrey IV
in his novel
The Rebel Angels
, Robertson Davies
uses the melodious phrase "the old houghmagandy", which, from the context, seems to mean copulation
. Judging from the sound of the word that my fellow Celts must know something about it, I consulted
The Concise Scots Dictionary
, 1911, printed 1989, New Orchard Editions, Ltd., ISBN 0-517-67377-0.
Warrack defines houghmagandie
very concisely as
' and gives another form: hochmagandie
He does not define magandie by itself, but gives meanings 'lower part of the thigh' and 'throw a leg over' for hoch
Naturally, we find it in a poem attributed to Robert Burns: Gie the Lass Her Fairing:
The mair ye bang the mair she squeals
And hey for houghmagandie.
A wee web search tells me that Vladimir Nabokov uses this word in Pale Fire, but I have not found it yet in my copy.