More on "moist"

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Mon Aug 10 15:10:17 UTC 2009

On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 07:58:19AM -0700, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
> On Aug 10, 2009, at 7:39 AM, Alison Murie wrote:
>> Erica Jong brought moist panties out into the open, so to speak, an
>> image that many women probably found embarrassing, & thus offensive.
>> I wonder if the moistness aversion didn't do a considerable leap after
>> that time.
> anyone have quotes from Jong (with dates)?  (this seems not to have
> been covered in earlier discussions of "moist".)

I can't find any. Searching _Fear of Flying_ on Amazon turns
up no examples of "moist"; searching it on Google Books shows
two, but both paired with "breast(s)", not "panties".

There are examples of "moist" in other of her books, but never
apparently collocating with "panties".

Jesse Sheidlower

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