[Ads-l] Long-haul trucker's lexicon + a surprise

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jun 1 21:47:15 EDT 2017


> On Jun 1, 2017, at 9:45 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> So is any drawer a vagina, or must it be a lingerie drawer?
> 
> JL

Or maybe it’s the drawers themselves…


> 
> On Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 9:22 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
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>> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/books/review-long-haul-
>> trucker-memoir-finn-murphy.html
>> 
>> This is Jennifer Senior's review of a book by Finn Murphy, a long haul
>> trucker who reads both Chinese and Jane Austen.  The review touches on
>> various specialized lexical items of the trade Finn wields, several of
>> which are old hat even to inveterate non-truckers like me (“deadheading”,
>> “suicide jockey”), some not so much (“bedbugger”, “chowder”).  You’ll have
>> to read the review to find out what they are.  But my favorite bit, in the
>> light of our recent thread:
>> 
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>> Nor will I think about the fact that movers sometimes inspect the contents
>> of your boudoir. Murphy’s recommendation: “Salt the lingerie drawer with
>> plastic snakes or a loaded mousetrap.” (Who says the vagina dentata is a
>> myth?)
>> =============
>> 
>> I can only assume that Ms. Senior has been dipping into our list.
>> 
>> LH
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