[Ads-l] rustic bread; porn

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Mon Jan 20 14:45:09 UTC 2020

> On Jan 20, 2020, at 5:54 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> ...  "Porn" is now often used to mean "any sensational or inconsequential
> photographed or printed material that is very enjoyable to look at, esp. as
> a 'guilty pleasure.'"
> https://www.reddit.com/r/HistoryPorn/comments/2o649b/horten_ho_229_flying_over_g%C3%B6ttingen_germany_the/
>   HistoryPorn.
> Originally this was an entirely opprobrious term. The earliest I'm aware of
> is "war porn" (shallow, violent war movies that appeal to enthusiastic
> idiots, from ca. 2002).

on my blog:


6/5/12: X porn:

In the case of porn, OED3 (Dec. 2006) has the subentry:

>As the second element in compounds: denoting written or visual material that emphasizes the sensuous or sensational aspects of a non-sexual subject, appealing to its audience in a manner likened to the titillating effect of pornography<

(with cites from 1973 on, including food porn, disaster porn, gastro-porn, weather porn, and more).


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