[Ads-l] New s-word idiom

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Tue Apr 12 12:56:25 UTC 2022

Disclosure: I am a totally repressed middle-aged WASP woman.

I learned from my adult children that to "rail" is a term for 
intercourse, though my daughter-in-law thought it more specifically 
denoted anal intercourse. (Yes, I blanched during this conversation.)

I spotted the use of this verb in Becky Chambers' _The Galaxy and the 
Ground Within_. (Nope, I don't have a page #.) The act denoted to me 
wasn't entirely clear to me as it involved 3 aliens (IIRC).

This conversation came up because here in Worcester we have a hockey 
team: The Railers, and evidently the team name has a particular 
connotation for those with this verb in their lexicon.

---Amy West

On 4/12/22 00:01, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Mon, 11 Apr 2022 15:35:43 +0000
> From:    Bill Mullins<amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Re: New s-word idiom
> Calls to mind the slang phrase for anal sex, "fudge packing".
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> Subject:  Re: New s-word idiom
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> An appropriately vivid image.
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> wrote:
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