new (non-)coinage ("vagitarian")

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 27 17:54:29 UTC 2006

It's just a way of saying that x is absolutely coextensive with y in size
and shape. It's one of the few things that I more or less recall from an
intro to mathematical linguistics course that I took back in 1972.


On 2/27/06, Mark A. Mandel <mamandel at> wrote:
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> Wilson sez:
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> Of course, BE speakers also say, "eat cock," with the same meaning. In
> fact,
> "Yes, ma'am, I eat cock, too," in which "cock" is a one-to-one and onto
> synonym of "pussy," is the punchline of a joke. OTOH, the universal use of
> "cock" for "penis" by white authors spoiled a whole lot of umliterature
> for
> me, till I had read enough of it that I finally became accustomed to it.
> <<<
> "a one-to-one and onto synonym"? Sorry, amigo, that terminology goes right
> past me. Translation, please.
> -- Mark
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