[Ads-l] Will differential treatment _never_ end?

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 27 08:05:51 UTC 2017

     I know several guys that still hang onto their Dicks. You'd think
they'd change their name to Rich, Richie, Rick or Ricky. On facebook, they
can get endless double-entendre teasing, yet shamelessly -- if not proudly
-- flaunt that handle to friend & foe alike, birthday or not. I call it
UrbanDic Résistance, a recalcitrant refusal to euphemize one's language
use, thus caught betwixt a sinkhole of degeneracy and a tsunami of
political correctness. (Though Dickie doesn't sound too bad at all; used by
close facebook friends & relatives on birthdays, I would guess. Does seem
to lose the connection with penis that way.)
     [kahk], on the other hand, is really nasty. Maybe because the jaws are
maximally open during articulation, whereas [dIk] has the mouth almost
shut. (I've heard <cock sucker>, but *<dick sucker> rings no bells.) I've
noted several men with surname <Koch> making efforts to deter people from
saying [kahk]:  It's Mr Coke-Is-It (failed legal name change some years
ago) and NYC Mayor [kotch].
     Conclusion:  On the tabu scale, <dick> is weakly tabuized compared to
strongly tabuized <cock>.

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