"purity ring"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri May 25 13:58:21 UTC 2007

Sorry, I replied before seeing this.

At 5/24/2007 05:21 PM, Charles Doyle wrote:
>At 5:02 PM -0400 5/24/07, Charles Doyle wrote:
>>And things can get way WORSE, Bill. The college-level version of the
>>circle jerk (according to legend) is this: A fraternity's neophytes
>>are required to stand in a circle facing a pizza on the ground. The
>>"jerking" competition procedes, with the "winner" exempt from then
>>partaking of the pizza--or, in some versions, the last-place
>>finisher must eat the entire pizza. It's all very brotherly! (A
>>variant of the same motif is said to have given the famous musical
>>group Limp Biscuit its name.)
>>Yes, why a hasty expression (to adapt Larry's terminology) should be
>>deemed desirable does call for explanation.
>Mine would be that the CJ is, after all, a competition, and one does
>strive to win a competition, especially one demonstrating (a young
>whippersnapper's notion of) "manliness".  The concept of a
>competition to establish who can delay um-self-expression the longest
>makes for a very boring tournament and, in Charlie's version, a cold
>pizza, than which (almost) nothing is worse.  Of course grown-ups,
>with their greater patience and subtletly, can engage in the obverse
>mode of competition, whence the celebrated (and gender-nonspecific)
>"Master of one's domain" Seinfeld episode.
>>---- Original message ----
>>>Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 15:40:15 -0500
>>>From: "Mullins, Bill AMRDEC" <Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL>
>>>Subject: Re: "purity ring"
>>>>  At 2:38 PM -0400 5/24/07, Wilson Gray wrote:
>>>>  >"Circle jerk"? That sounds as though it may be a synonym of
>>>>"roun(d) poun(d)," an um-game in which a bunch of guys sit in a
>>>>circle and each masturbates the guy to his left. The first one to
>>>>ejaculate wins. (So I've been told. An Army buddy said that
>>>>playing this um-game was the way in which he learned to
>>>>  >
>>>>  >-Wilson
>>>I've heard of Circle Jerk since late elementary school, but never
>>>actually met anyone who participated (or would _admit_ to
>>>participating). (And why would speed be desired in such an
>>>endeavor?) But like many adolescents, we talked about it a lot.
>>>And you never, EVER, wanted to be named "pivot man" in a CJ.
>>>(Dunno why.  I don't even know what a "pivot man" does.  Just don't
>>>want to be him.)
>>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
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