OT? Sex ed and language

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 25 17:39:44 UTC 2010

...which, of course, was heavily mocked in High Anxiety. Of course, it
is only slightly less funny if you are unfamiliar with the antecedent of
the joke. In fact, wasn't even set in San Francisco?


On 5/25/2010 1:19 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> A variant on this dilemma: Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke was distressed
> during his lecture on the psychology of sex at a convention of
> psychiatrists in San Francisco, when he discovered kiddies in the
> audience -- he felt he could not use the "Latinish words from the
> academy" and, hoping to keep the children unaware, resorted to
> infantile euphemisms, which of course mystified his adult audience.
> Joel

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