QUOTE: Lawrence Paros. The Erotic Tongue (1984): ' Nobody really knows where the hole came from, though Captain Grose, the roguish eighteenth- century lexicographer, had his own ideas about it. His version opens with an angel who had been employed in forming women, forgetting to cut off their parts of generation. Enter Lucifer who took it upon himself to set matters right. Taking a somewhat direct approach to the problem, he placed himself in a sawpit with a scythe fixed to a stick in his hand and directed the women to straddle the pit. He then gave each the mark of the beast (c. 1715). The pit being too deep for the length of his instrument, tall women received only a moderate scratch, but little women, because their legs were so short and more within his reach, received a somewhat larger cut. The long and the short of it? They both went home with an everlasting wound (17 th C), known in some quarters as the divine scar (18 th C). The Devil, henceforth, was to be known as Old Nick or Ole Scratch ; and the c**t [cunt] , as slit (17 th -20 th C), nick , and gash (both 16 th -20 th C) .'