Sex ed and language

Baker, John M. JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Tue May 25 17:40:30 UTC 2010

        For those of us not quite as au courant as Jesse, I will add
puton (apparently meaning vagina or a related term), as well as the
unfamiliar but obvious sucklers and banana.  And I'm kind of surprised
to see that the Yiddish example that made it is schmeckle.  Is it just
me, or does Yiddish have an unusually large number of terms meaning

John Baker

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
Of Jesse Sheidlower
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Subject: Re: Sex ed and language

On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 11:20:38AM -0400, Laurence Horn wrote:
> At 1:01 AM -0400 5/25/10, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>>  A case of a teacher getting in trouble with the school for taking
>> language out of its shell. The teacher ultimately wins the case
>> the school. Some interesting comments from VC readers.
>> There is a link to the case glossary as well. Even for my sheltered
>> it appears to be rather limited.
> Limited perhaps--but "tricycle"?

Yes, that was the one item on the list I hadn't heard of.

Jesse Sheidlower

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