Athanasian wench

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Etymology[edit]

The first words of the Athanasian Creed are, in Latin, "quicumque vult (salvus esse...)", "whoever wants to (be saved...)".

Noun[edit]

Athanasian wench (plural Athanasian wenches)

  1. (idiomatic, obsolete, slang) A sexually promiscuous or loose woman, willing to have sexual intercourse with "whoever wants to".
    • ca 1980, Peter Klappert, Satan Who Is Most Noisy When He Whispers, published in Idiot Princess of the Last Dynasty. New York: Knopf in 1984 (ISBN 9780394513836):
      Of course I couldn't stop myself
      — for I was an Athanasian wench
      who said Quicunque vult and Amen to everything —
      stop myself from thinking
                                What an ugly cock this Fridolin
      must have, some primitive weapon, an iguana-headed [...]
      crude killing thing, a bulldog's kisser
      at the end of a pick handle.
    • 1901, Justin Huntly McCarthy, If I were king, page 35:
      Villon gently cooled her impatience. "Hush, hush, my girl! There are many kinds of love, as you ought to know well enough. I am a rogue and a vagabond, no less, and so sometimes I love you and other such Athanasian wenches; Isabeau there and Jehanneton."

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