The Lover's Tongue: A Merry Romp Through the Language of Love and Sex

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Insomniac Press, 2009 - Electronic books - 235 pages
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This delightful book includes over 100 mini-essays explaining the origins and historical development of words in our language that pertain to love and sex. Do you know, for example, what a 78 is? Here's a hint: like the old 78 rpm records, the term refers to a man who is ... well, on the fast side! Diligently researched, The Lover's Tongue is written in a light-hearted style. A dictionary of a different kind, this book is the perfect gift for that special someone, or for the connoisseur of language and history in your life

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Well researched and humorously written. This book needs to be taken in small doses (even the author said so himself in the book). Unless etymology is your undying passion, this book can potentially ... Read full review

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Tongues and Lovers
Shame on Me Smut Words
Bare Bodkins Words for Nakedness
The Grammar of Glamour Words to Describe Physical Attractiveness or Lack Thereof
Ardor Veneris Words of Love and Desire
My Swete Hurle Bawsy Terms of Endearment
Studs Jades and Bitches Terms of Objectification
The Bawdy Body Words for Body Parts Shared by Men and Women
Organ Solo Masturbation Words
Aural Sex Words for Wooing and Seducing
Lip Smacking Words for Kissing and Fondling
The Ins and Outs of the InandOut Copulation Words
Go Down Moses Oral Sex Words
Bringing up the Rear Anal Sex Words
Knowing Dorothy Sexual Orientation Words
Strumpets Whores Cheaters and Bastards Wanton Words

The Long and the Short of It Words for the Penis and its Attendant Parts
Down in the Valley Words for the Vagina the Clitoris et alia
Two of a Kind Words for Breasts
Love Comes in Spurts Or the Exciting Climax in which Orgasm Words are Briefly Considered

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Page 16 - For, though the origin of most of our words is forgotten, each word was at first a stroke of genius, and obtained currency, because for the moment it symbolized the world to the first speaker and to the hearer. The etymologist finds the deadest word to have been once a brilliant picture. Language is fossil poetry.

About the author (2009)

Mark Morton is an assistant professor of English at the University of Winnipeg, and language columnist for CBC radio's Definitely Not the Opera. Morton lives in Winnipeg with his wife, author Melanie Cameron.

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