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Punk

I was taught by my English Lit professor, whilst studying Chaucer and Shakespeare that the old definition of the word “punk” was “Prostitute”. Is this true? The only references I can find will only give me stuff related to The Sex Pistols & co. Any help? Thanks!

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The word occurs 4 times in 3 plays (see http://www.opensourceshakespeare.com/concordance/) and does evidently mean prostitute.

chertiozhnik February 19, 2005 @ 4:00PM

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