[Ads-l] bawdy = 'rowdily humorous; slapstick'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 21 18:18:49 EST 2021


Oooh!  "Entwine"!  Just reading the word gives me a thrill.

Not.

Maybe the term people are groping for (sorry for the indecency) is
"suggestive."

So perhaps 'suggestive' is another new meaning of "bawdy."  (Like
'surprised' is the latest meaning of "shocked.")

JL



On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 4:37 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> According to the L.A. Times, the key word is “entwine”, from the line
>
> ‘I’ll instruct you, like me to entwine; The myrtle of Venus with Bacchus’s
> vine’
>
> Since as the newspaper helpfully points out,
>
> '“entwine” is defined in any dictionary’.
>
> —although they acknowledge the sexual allusion is “understated”.
>
> So I guess we’re quibbling with that periodical over the threshold of what
> counts as “sex”, and therefore as “bawdy”. (I can’t count the number of pix
> I’ve received in which two kittens qualify as lying entwined in what I’ve
> always taken to be a platonic way.) Maybe it should be the L.A. Times
> rather than its N.Y. cousin that qualifies as the Gray Lady.
>
> LH
>
>
>
> > On Jan 21, 2021, at 2:49 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> wrote:
> >
> > Reading the lyrics reveals nothing bawdy to me (i.e., 'humorously
> indecent;
> > obscene; lewd'). Nor is the L.A. Times a reliable guide to 18th century
> > poesy.
> >
> > Anyone capable of writing the lyrics - written for a convivial singers'
> > club ("Sons of Harmony") - would know that the myrtle was sacred to
> Venus,
> > goddess of love, and that Bacchus was the god of wine (in poetic
> language,
> > often "the vine").
> >
> > The singers want the spirit of Anacreon to help them harmonize about love
> > and wine in a conventional neo-classic manner, and the beauty of their
> > singing is irresistible to the gods. If someone gets horny reading the
> poem
> > (or singing the song), that's their problem.
> >
> > Because if the harmonizers want also to fuck around, they don't say so
> > here. And they could easily find ways to do so, with or without
> Anacreon's
> > assistance.
> >
> > JL
> >
> > On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 1:56 PM Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> FWIW, the Wikipedia article is at
> >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Anacreontic_Song <
> >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Anacreontic_Song>. While frequently
> not
> >> followed, original research is prohibited on Wikipedia as it is a
> >> tertiary-sourced encyclopedia.
> >>
> >> The comment about the song being bawdy is not sourced, so that is
> original
> >> research, but I think "To Anacreon in Heav’n” is clearly bawdy even if
> >> judged by today’s standards.
> >>
> >> ###
> >> "And, besides I'll instruct you, like me, to intwine
> >> "The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's Vine.”
> >> ###
> >>
> >> The LA Times says that the song is a paean to drinking and sex (
> >> https://tinyurl.com/y4nv6xbp <https://tinyurl.com/y4nv6xbp>).
> >>
> >> Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
> >> Formerly of Seattle, WA
> >>
> >> On 21 Jan 2021, at 04:54, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Wikipedia considers the turgid English song, "To Anacreon in Heav'n"
> >>> (ca.1770), to be "bawdy":
> >>>
> >>> "The song, through its bawdy lyrics, gained popularity in London and
> >>> elsewhere beyond the Anacreontic Society."
> >>>
> >>> The lyrics irreverently and humorously imagine the enthusiasm of the
> gods
> >>> to desert Olympus and join the harmonious singers of the Anacreontic
> >>> Society, against the wishes of Zeus.
> >>>
> >>> (N.b., a Brit at Quora.com assured followers that the U.S. national
> >> anthem
> >>> was based on a "pornographic song," but nothing could be less
> >> pornographic
> >>> than a bunch of drunks trying to sing these lyrics to the same melody
> as
> >>> the "Star-Spangled Banner.")
> >>>
> >>> JL
> >>
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