More on "moist"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Aug 10 15:19:09 UTC 2009

Googling books for <"fear of flying" moist> reveals, so to speak, a
moist breast in Jong. But for <"fear of flying" "moist panties">, nothing.


At 8/10/2009 10:58 AM, 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".)
>an addendum:
>from back in 2007, from a commenter in a poll on cringe words here:
>   Because of this association, I had a friend in high school who used
>to call barely-pubescent girls "moisties."
>   As in "Those moisties just tried to bum cigarettes off me."
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