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CONTENT NOTE: this episode contains Sexual Language from the start.
Does the available vocabulary for sex leave something to be desired? Namely desire? (And also the ability to use it wthout laughing/dying of embarrassment?)
Aiding in the search for a better sex lexicon - sexicon - are Kaitlin Prest of fellow Radiotopia podcast The Heart, and romance novelist Mhairi McFarlane.
PROBE THIS TOPIC FURTHER:
- Jonathon Green's Dictionary of Slang is the definitive slang lexicon. Here are links to timelines he compiled of hundreds of years of terms for sex and body parts.
- Not such academic lexicons, but illuminating nonetheless, are Urban Dictionary and Roger's Profanisaurus from Viz.
- Forever by Judy Blume: the novel that educated several generations and possibly also ruined the lives of people called Ralph.
- Read Mark Twain's opinions on onanism.
- Abdominal etymologies.
- Other languages' terms for the V.
- 26 historical euphemisms for sex.
- A better way to talk about love.
- Bravo Etymonline for the last sentence of the entry about 'clitoris'.
- The transcript of this episode is at theallusionist.org/transcripts/covers-ii.
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- Kaitlin Prest is one of the hosts and producers of fellow Radiotopian podcast The Heart, which you can find at theheartradio.org and on Twitter @theheartradio.
- Mhairi McFarlane is the author of romantic comedy novels, including Here's Looking At You and It's Not Me, It's You. Her website is mhairimcfarlane.com and she's on Twitter @MhairiMcF.
- This episode was produced by me, with music by Martin Austwick.
- Find me at facebook.com/allusionistshow, twitter.com/allusionistshow, twitter.com/helenzaltzman and instagram.com/helenzaltzman.