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Saucy! - Eat Your Words
Saucy – something a little bit rude, or sexually explicit, but in a playful, lighthearted way. A little risqué, indeed. Our friend was recently accidentally saucy when she walked around her workplace for a morning with her skirt tucked up into the top of her tights, showing her knickers to the office. What a saucy minx. There is reference to the word saucy being used as an adjective to mean bold, or lewd, as far back as 1508. And as for William Shakespeare, he couldn’t get enough of the word. Saucy crops up all in so many of his plays, with both meanings implied. You’ve got the witches in Macbeth being described as “saucy and overbold” and in Act One of Twelfth Night, Olivia turns to Viola, (who is pretending to be Cesario – read play for explanation) and offers the rather brilliant line “I hear you were saucy at my gates”. Which is a line I do hope I too will get the chance to say, one day… Bread sauce goes way back; they used it in medieval times to accompany their meat, and we use it today for the same purpose, but only once a year, and with …