Dumb Glutton (The)
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DUMB GLUTTON, THE. AKA and see "Dumb Waiter (The), "Princock." English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A dumb glutton was a euphemism for a woman's genitals (as in 'feed the dumb glutton', or to have sexual intercourse) [See Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1811]. The tune is from Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs (vol. I, 1782, p. 50), however, it had appeared earlier in print in London publisher John Walsh's Caledonian Country Dances, vol. II (c. 1737) under the title "Princock." Musicologist Frank Kidson (1890) pointed out the similarity with "Keel Row (The)" family of tunes, including "Smiling Polly," "Yorkshire Lad (The)" and "Weel May the Keel Row."