Until now, no dictionary has ever attempted to record the fascinating and often raunchy inventory of English sexual euphemisms. Jordan Tate has confronted this task with gusto and the results are nothing short of gratifying. The Contemporary Dictionary of Sexual Euphemisms is a hilarious, unabashed, at times shocking compilation of every sexual euphemism you've ever heard--and many more you haven't.
Would you be offended if someone called you a "back door burglar"? Ever heard of a "five against one"? Would you rather do the "Little Dutch Boy" or the "Little Red Riding Hood"? Along with both a literal and a sexual definition of each euphemism, this dictionary also has photographs, and, of course, an example of each term used in a sentence--all in an effort to irreverently entertain and inform.
A perfect guilty pleasure for anyone who ever got a thrill looking up dirty words in the dictionary as a kid, the Contemporary Dictionary is also a must-have reference tool for those just plain too shy to ask what a "pearl necklace" really is.
Camel toes, pearl necklaces and laying pipe-seemingly innocent phrases which have been appropriated into the sex slang of the day-all make appearances in MFA candidate Tate's slim, salacious reference. Though far from complete (Wikipedia and urbandictionary.com both have more comprehensive collections), Tate's efforts are notable and his delivery welcoming, even when his subject matter turns toward the "infrequent, impractical, and violent." Entries include the aforementioned pearl necklace, the literal meaning of which also graces the cover, as well as more obscure terms such as "George Walker," for "any predisposition to anal intercourse," and "postman," which refers to "coitus outdoors in any inclement weather." Each entry includes both literal and figurative meanings, as well as thorough etymologies, and Tate also includes some occasionally amusing, G-rated photos of a few terms' more mundane applications (such as a young woman lifting up a rug to hide a salami beneath it). Though these photos don't add much besides page count, this graphic work should be a hit among adolescents and the college set, whose dog-eared copies are sure to make the rounds at school.
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St. Martin's Press
January 08, 2007
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