clap (the clap)

n
venereal disease, gonorrhoea. The only widespread slang term for the condi-tion, this word was derived from French (clapoir, meaning a swelling, or clapier, meaning a brothel) in the late 16th cen-tury. It became a taboo, and therefore slang term only in the 19th century. The specific reference to gonorrhoea had widened to include other venereal dis-eases by the 1950s.
► 'For while he nibbles at her Am'rous Trap
She gets the Mony but he gets the Clap.'
(Poor Pensive Punck, poem by John Dryden, 1691)
► '"Ain't got the clap have you?"
"God no! It's just a sense of cosmic boredom".'
(Robert Crumb, cartoon in Head Comix, 1968)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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