articles on euphemisms for sex

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 1 04:16:33 UTC 2005

At 8:11 PM -0800 1/31/05, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>One suspects that the term "frottist" has been popularized because
>"frotteur" and "frotteuse" are gender-specific and too hard to spell.

Mebbe so, but one doesn't want to predict the popularization of "massist".


>Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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>At 4:13 PM -0800 1/31/05, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>Didn't Germaine Greer start the discusion in 1970 in "The Female Eunuch" ?
>>As for "frottist," it's not in the OED (got that, Jesse?) but its
>>august pages do contain the synonymous "frotteur," and will tell you
>>all you might wish to know on the subject.
>In French, of course, those who do so and are of the female
>persuasion are "frotteuses" rather than "frotteurs", but this
>distinction tends not to be retained in English (to judge from both
>my intuition and google). "Masseuse" gets regularized in the
>opposite direction; I've noticed many a reference to a "male
>masseuse". Markedness strikes again!

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