jump = copulate with?
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Fri Nov 18 01:46:35 UTC 2005
This suggestion sounds doubtful to me: there seems to be an ancient custom
of a couple performing their wedding by jumping over an object together.
Then, if "to jump" means "to wed", further sexual meanings are not impossible.
I have heard of this custom exactly twice, both times in science fiction
novels. One was Heinlein's _Glory Road_ and the other was Bujold's _The
Hallowed Hunt_. In the first case the object jumped over was a sword and in the
second a flagstaff---both being obvious phallic symbols for those to whom
phallic symbols are obvious.
Was Wilson Gray making or overlooking a play on words when he juxtaposed
"rams...jumping sheep" and "two ships passing in the night"?
- James A. Landau
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