"ample bits" and "pleather"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 29 19:35:46 UTC 2013

On Jan 29, 2013, at 1:15 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> Wilson inquires what "pleather" is.  Surely in this context it must
> be "pleasure leather", that which a dominatrix wears.
> Joel

Originally a blend < "plastic" + "leather"?

> I had written:
>> I like the "ample bits" (close to "naughty bits") and "pleather".
>> Joel
>> At 1/28/2013 05:42 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>>> ---
>>> http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-315548308.html
>>> We do love ourselves a bit of Ruth Jones. As the awesome Nessa in
>>> Gavin & Stacey, her ample bits shoehorned in to all that pleather (and
>>> getting jiggy with everyone from John Prescott to 'all eight members
>>> of Goldie Looking Chain'), she created one of the finest comedy
>>> characters of all time. Thus when we go to find out what's occurring
>>> (sorry, had to be done) with her today, we are very happy bunnies.
>>> ---
>>> I spotted this looking for current examples of "getting jiggy,"
>>> responding to a media query about the 15th anniversary of the Will
>>> Smith song "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It." Though "(get) jiggy" was in the
>>> running for Least Likely to Succeed in the 1998 WOTY proceedings, it's
>>> hung around in the sexual sense -- at least among UK tabloid writers
>>> (of the type who would muck up a personal dative with a reflexive).
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