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Bad euphemisms (or good) for genitalia
L R Waterbury
Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 10:44 PM
Joined: 4/28/2011
Posts: 60

A lot of people seem to want a thread on this, so here goes.
My own offering is not from literature. These two are real euphemisms used by Spanish colonial scribes.

Male genitalia were referred to as "noble parts" and women's breasts as "her embarrassments." How's that for a bit of misogyny?

Colleen Lindsay
Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:02 AM
Joined: 2/27/2011
Posts: 353

Bumping this up because the Discussion board appears to be broken. Sorry! I like the idea for this thread.

Alexander Hollins
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012 1:33 PM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 412

Purple Helmet Warrior for men. that always made me giggle.

We were just discussing cleanliness issues at work, and the phrase, Extra cheese on that pink taco, was used.

Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012 6:40 PM
I tend not to read romance, but "his throbbing member" seems to crop up everywhere. It always makes me groan - in a bad way. In a, "Oh no, not again!" way.

There's got to be better terminology out there.

From real life, the other day my husband said something about wanting to get his potato baked. I ran out of the room.

Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 1:28 PM
Joined: 2/15/2013
Posts: 11

His manhood...that one makes me shudder
Jay Greenstein
Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:46 AM
A famous writer reports that he once made a small living writing porn, but had to quit when he accidentally typed, "She grabbed my throbbing sock." That, he says, had him falling on the floor laughing, and forever after, when he tried to write porn the line had ruined him for it.

Alexander Hollins
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 3:50 PM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 412
Nevena Georgieva
Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:08 PM
Joined: 2/9/2012
Posts: 427

Talking about euphemisms in sex scenes...

You guys MUST read Sarah Wendell's famous post "A Description of Nipples" about the wretched ways different writers have described that of part of the female anatomy. 

Here's a taste of her wisdom: 

Lately, the nipple descriptions are the ones that catch my attention… because they're all the same. The female nipples are pert, rosy, ruches, puckered, taut, and most often compared to fruit, like cherries, strawberries, or berries in general (no use of kumquat that I've found). 

Nevena from BC


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