Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Между нами, гусарами

Разбирая в своем "Словаре русского арго" просторечное название презерватива, Елистратов этимологизирует:

От общеупотр. устар. «кондом» — мужской презерватив; по фамилии изобретателя, англ. врача 18 в. Кондома (Condom).

Здесь Елистратов, мягко говоря, поверил языковому мифу. Как говорит Оксфордский словарь английского языка (The Oxford English Dictionary):

Origin unknown; no 18th-cent. physician named Condom or Conton has been traced though a doctor so named is often said to be the inventor of the sheath.

Но особенно восхитительна выдержка из книги "White Coat Tales". По их версии, первичным словом может быть не "кондом", а как раз наоборот:


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