[my] junk

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Tue Nov 23 17:23:22 UTC 2010

On 23 Nov 2010, at 05:30, Victor Steinbok wrote:

> I don't think it has enough to be WOTY, but it's certainly the Word of
> the Week. It seems to be the most popular euphemism associated with TSA
> patdowns.

Oddly, I think it must have been on an trajectory of rising popularity before don't-touch-my-junk guy. I'm staying with my partner in the US at the moment, and when we switched on the TV set last night, we saw a tiny snippet of the TV show "How I met your mother". Presumably this Thanksgiving episode: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1777828/synopsis . It had a plot line about one character texting (*) a picture of his "junk" to a stranger. Unfortunately, neither Melinda nor I can remember the exact words in which "his/your junk" occurred and that we heard before changing channels, but both our reaction was to wonder when "junk" became a common term in popular culture, the media and everyday speech to refer to male genitals.


(*) Interestingly, "text, vb" is perfectly applicable to MMS, not only to SMS messaging. Ie, "to text a picture of one's junk to somebody" is unremarkable. Well, grammatically speaking.

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