Richly hirsute 2

neil neil at TYPOG.CO.UK
Mon Jan 24 17:04:16 UTC 2005

on 24/1/05 4:49 pm, Arnold M. Zwicky at zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU wrote:

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> On Jan 24, 2005, at 2:36 AM, neil quoted:
>> "Now," she murmured, sliding her hand down his back to his hirsute ass.
>> She pulled at the firm, muscles of his rear, feeling the coarse,
>> affluent hair stiffen under her smooth palms.
>> -Alex Ayers, 'The Soldier's Wife', Greenleaf Classics, San Diego, 1969
> one annoying characteristic of malapropisms is that they tend to block
> the reader's (or hearer's) attempts at retrieving the right word in the
> context -- the word the writer (or speaker) *should have used*.
> "abundant"?
> by the way, was there really a comma between "firm" and "muscles"?

'Fraid so - but then the text has presumably been OCRd, which may account
for the unlikely comma (? dirt on the page). The story was found at

I believe affluent can also mean flowing, but perhaps not in the sense of
these locks.
> arnold, marveling at the conflict in tone between "hirsute" and "ass"

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