Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 14 11:00:37 UTC 2011

My understanding was that "VD" had to go because it sounded like something
bad. I mean morally bad. If you had "VD" you were loathsome. (And remember,
God knows what "venereal" means, unless you're a radical Whorfian and deduce
the whole phrase is a slur on  sex, love, and Venus.)

But with an "STD" you're not loathsome. You're just unlucky, and you
maintain that great self-esteem!  People respect you.

And with an "STI," you're already almost well!


On Sat, May 14, 2011 at 12:57 AM, Douglas G. Wilson <douglas at> wrote:

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> The appropriate term is "social disease", isn't it?
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