Looking for a good man-word

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Mar 22 00:17:03 UTC 2007

On Mar 21, 2007, at 4:58 PM, i wrote:

> oh, yes, "man kiss" 'man-to-man kiss', as in the recent infamous
> Snickers ad from the Superbowl.

on they come:

"man-handles" for love handles on a man.  not a word we really need,
but it plays on the verb "manhandle".

then there's another vein of "buddy" vocabulary -- "buddy-pat",
"buddy-hug", "buddy-kiss", etc. -- where "buddy" serves to fend off
attributions of homosexuality/homoeroticism.


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