Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 7 18:16:56 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 12:30 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>wrote:

> At 12:00 PM -0400 7/7/09, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> >This makes me wonder, not knowing the full context, whether "mannery"
> >refers to the jewelry, or rather the place whereon it is
> >placed.  Analagous to (esp.?) nunnery -- and I see the OED has for
> >"-ery":  "b. In modern, chiefly U.S., use, after bakery (= baker's
> >shop or works), and similar words, this suffix has gained
> >considerable currency in denoting 'a place where an indicated article
> >or service may be purchased or procured'"  Or found?
> >
> >Joel
> So another sense for "mannery" would be a sports bar, or strip joint?

Or what Ursula K. LeGuin, in one of her sf stories, called a fuckery: On a
world where only one birth in 12 is a male, the men are cloistered away and
do no work but reproduction. When a woman wants to become pregnant, that's
where she goes for it.

m a m

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