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The Contemporary Dictionary of Sexual Euphemisms [Hardcover]

Jordan Tate


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Jan. 9 2007
Until now, no dictionary has ever attempted to record the fascinating and often raunchy inventory of English sexual euphemisms.  Jordan Tate has confronted this task with gusto and the results are nothing short of gratifying.  The Contemporary Dictionary of Sexual Euphemisms is a hilarious, unabashed, at times shocking compilation of every sexual euphemism you've ever heard--and many more you haven't. 
Would you be offended if someone called you a "back door burglar"? Ever heard of a "five against one"? Would you rather do the "Little Dutch Boy" or the "Little Red Riding Hood"?  Along with both a literal and a sexual definition of each euphemism, this dictionary also has photographs, and, of course, an example of each term used in a sentence--all in an effort to irreverently entertain and inform.
A perfect guilty pleasure for anyone who ever got a thrill looking up dirty words in the dictionary as a kid, the Contemporary Dictionary is also a must-have reference tool for those just plain too shy to ask what a "pearl necklace" really is.

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Camel toes, pearl necklaces and laying pipe-seemingly innocent phrases which have been appropriated into the sex slang of the day-all make appearances in MFA candidate Tate's slim, salacious reference. Though far from complete (Wikipedia and urbandictionary.com both have more comprehensive collections), Tate's efforts are notable and his delivery welcoming, even when his subject matter turns toward the "infrequent, impractical, and violent." Entries include the aforementioned pearl necklace, the literal meaning of which also graces the cover, as well as more obscure terms such as "George Walker," for "any predisposition to anal intercourse," and "postman," which refers to "coitus outdoors in any inclement weather." Each entry includes both literal and figurative meanings, as well as thorough etymologies, and Tate also includes some occasionally amusing, G-rated photos of a few terms' more mundane applications (such as a young woman lifting up a rug to hide a salami beneath it). Though these photos don't add much besides page count, this graphic work should be a hit among adolescents and the college set, whose dog-eared copies are sure to make the rounds at school.
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About the Author

Jordan Tate attended Miami University's Western College Program and earned a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2003.  He is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Indiana University's Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts.  Some of his work is held in the permanent collection at the Kinsey Institute for Gender, Sex, and Reproduction.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The pleasures of reading the OED and snickering at dirty Mad Libs rolled into one Jan. 11 2007
By Austin Kleon - Published on Amazon.com
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Depending on your familiarity with contemporary sexual slang, this book will either be one big gut laugh, or a highly educational experience. For most readers, it will be both. Tate combines suprisingly elegant entymologies with suprisingly tasteful photos to make a genuinely pleasurable read. Best displayed in the bathrooms of intellectuals, passed around at a party, or given as a gift.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollickin' good read! May 8 2007
By N. Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Jordan Tate will enlighten you with the meanings of all those phrases you overheard in Junior High and still don't quite understand. A lovely addition to every library.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but much less than I expected July 14 2009
By J. Jacob - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is more of a pamphlet than a dictionary. More of a short bathroom reader for guests than a fully informative dictionary.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Necklace April 30 2009
By Tiffany Mcgaughey - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very cheesy, but I will admit that it is informative. It describes many derogatory terms and sexual euphemisms that I had not previously even known existed. It seems that pornography lends something more to the English language after all...of course you can get this same education through sitting in any locker room or Frat house. I might sell my copy back. Of course, you could use it as an adult themed party game where everyone must choose the correct definition for each term...might be fun, after a bottle of vodka.

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