from the Greek, the name
Testoclesius spread across the English-speaking world
during the 19th century on convict transportation ships. It first appeared in the dialogues of Plato, where it was given to a querulous
urchin who mocked Plato's dialectical reasoning until
put to death by Dionysus, tyrant of Syracuse, for unnatural acts with Dionysus' body servant.
In twelfth century Britain, a 'testaclese' was a merchant who rented out his ass in return for money. The term survived until
the time of Shakespeare, where it appears in The Tempest ('Get thee hence, thou vile, base testaclese!'), after which it appeared to die out until
reappearing on an internet game forum in the early 21st
dispute as to the name
's exact meaning
, but most probably it comes from 'testos' meaning
the male pudendum, and 'clesos' meaning
'with the hand'.