his delightful book includes over 100 mini-essays explaining the origins and historical development of words in our language that pertain to love and sex. Do you know, for example, what a 78 is? Here's a hint: like the old 78 rpm records, the term refers to a man who is ... well, on the fast side!
Diligently researched, The Lover's Tongue is written in a light-hearted style. A dictionary of a different kind, this book is the perfect gift for that special someone, or for the connoisseur of language and history in your life.
"[A]ll things-even merkins, codpieces and felching-are worthy of study," writes Mark Morton in The Lover's Tongue: A Merry Romp Through the Language of Love and Sex. The small, tight print doesn't allow for easy browsing, but this book offers plenty of facts for anyone serious about learning the history of words like "bum," "beauty" and "bullocks." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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December 31, 2003
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