"I have absolutely no control over my _public_ muscles."

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 7 03:31:32 UTC 2010

Spoken by a young white woman of 23, a college grad, who had
self-diagnosed herself via Google as being afflicted with vaginismus.
Apparently, she'd never had occasion to hear the word "pubic" spoken,
being familiar with it only as a consequence of her research.

"That speaks volumes," to coin a phrase, about the depth and breadth
of gender-education in the United States.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

Once we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity,
or evil intent, we can uncumber ourselves of the impossible burden of
trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition
that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
idiotic or unworthy.
–Kathryn Schulz

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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