Question regarding phallic symbols

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Mar 1 06:53:47 UTC 2001

At 1:53 PM -0500 3/1/01, Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM referred to:
>      "an excerpt from Gilbert and Sullivan's little-known operetta,
>       _Xena; or, The Warrior Princess_"
>which contains the line
>      My sword is rather phallic, but my chakram's rather yonical[4]
>The footnote reads
>      [4] yonical: "Yonic" is the female counterpart to "phallic".
Ah yes, I'd forgotten that immortal verse.  But it always bothered me
that the Xeniad requires rhyming "yonical" with "ironical", which
(unlike, say, the rhymes of "barbarian" with "sagittarian",
"antiquarian", and "Indo-Aryan") struck me as forced--the former
clearly demands a long (and fully-rounded) O.


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