mental masturbation

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 19 21:33:41 UTC 2002

"Midcult" is in OED.  The figurative citations for "masturbation" in the
OED include Byron's famous 1820 reference to Keats's writing as "a sort of
mental masturbation -- he is always f-gg-g his Imagination."

Fred Shapiro

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