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    I am not a fan of "weeping," as in, "weeping slit," or "rosebud." Something that can squick me right out of a scene: a character saying, "Breed my ass." This makes me think of injecting a female donkey with semen. I also dislike the word, "globes," to describe either ass cheeks or breasts. Globes are 360 degrees, so maybe I could handle "half-globes," if the word didn't draw me so far out of the story. Who wants to think about geography when they're reading erotica? Is he gripping Australia or South America?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EriRae View Post
    I also dislike the word, "globes," to describe either ass cheeks or breasts. Globes are 360 degrees, so maybe I could handle "half-globes," if the word didn't draw me so far out of the story. Who wants to think about geography when they're reading erotica? Is he gripping Australia or South America?
    I've always been mildly curious about why they call Australia, "down under". I confess that, "it came about because some erotica writers incorrectly use the word 'globe'", had hitherto not occurred to me. :)

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    Can I add the word clout?

    I was using the word in two different contexts long before the third meaning was brought to my attention.

    What does clout mean to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WriterDude View Post
    Can I add the word clout?

    I was using the word in two different contexts long before the third meaning was brought to my attention.

    What does clout mean to you?
    I'm afraid to ask what's the definition that put it in this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver-Midnight View Post
    I'm afraid to ask what's the definition that put it in this thread.
    When I was a child, a clout was something you'd receive if you were naughty.
    Then, I learned that if anything needed to get done, I would have to speak to someone with clout down the council.
    Now, having moved to the other side of the hill, clout is more exclusively used with reference to the most desirable of all things. The front bottom.

    It may just be a Lancashire thing, but following the uniform expressions of speechless horror when I used the term in a planning meeting many years ago, I thought the latter use was universal.

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    I've only heard the word 'clout' used to mean power and connections ("The police commissioner has the clout to make these tickets disappear."), never a blow and certainly never any aspect of female anatomy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.Blake View Post
    Moist and damp are awful words.
    When I hear "moist," I think cake.

    When I hear "damp," I think mildew.

    In neither case do I think "sex"...

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    Echoing the whole clout mystery. As in a target? When I hear clout I think of clot, some sort of bloody, bundled medical nightmare of a mess.


    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyMack View Post
    When I hear "moist," I think cake.

    Moist is my least favorite word. Just say it- it makes me want to gargle. But for some reason, that makes it more salacious because I hate it so much.
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    But moist is such a promising word.

    I have a line in my wip "...her knickers were sodden" Good or bad?

    Don't want to start a new thread for this one either, but I have thoroughly bored myself with the word Twitch and I'm looking for replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WriterDude View Post
    But moist is such a promising word.

    I have a line in my wip "...her knickers were sodden" Good or bad?

    Don't want to start a new thread for this one either, but I have thoroughly bored myself with the word Twitch and I'm looking for replacement.
    When I hear sodden I think lumpy :/ Which makes it sound like she's sick,
    but that's probably just me.
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    "Vulva." Ugliest. Word. Ever. Closely followed by "scrotum."

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.Macabre View Post
    When I hear sodden I think lumpy :/ Which makes it sound like she's sick,
    but that's probably just me.
    When I hear the word sodden I think of a heavy blanket that was left out in the rain. *shudder*
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    Quote Originally Posted by platedlizard View Post
    I actually knew a dog named Scrotum. He was a terrier/mutt who was a falconer's dog... nothing like watching a grown man yell "Scrotum!" in the middle of a blackberry bush while this ugly little dog flushes out a rabbit for a hawk. Totally not sexy (okay, the falconer was... something about men wearing leather chaps)



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    Quote Originally Posted by WriterDude View Post
    I have a line in my wip "...her knickers were sodden" Good or bad?
    I dunno -- "sodden" always makes me think not just "wet" but "wet and dirty/soiled". Would "her knickers were soaked" work for you?

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    ticklestick.

    (i think it was Ken Dodd who coined it, not sure. oh, and 'up the wazooo'. )

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    Actually, I quite like vulva. It reminds me of velvet. I use it a fair bit, but always among a range of softer descriptions. I reckon it's all about context.

    This is a great thread. I find it so hard to be both accurate and sensual without cliché (or, worse, over-reaching). Almost impossible, actually. I agree with many of the gag words... Purple helmeted warrior is gasp-inducing.

    Having said that, I hate to think how many individual terms I've included that make the vision blur... 'Manhood' is one I've relied on a little too often (but then I'm working in an old-fashioned context).

    But really, the lexicon is limited... I'd love to hear someone invent a new and delightful word for each body part.

    I used 'pestle' once... Now that could make people laugh, or in the right context they might go with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie Ambrose View Post
    Actually, I quite like vulva. It reminds me of velvet. I use it a fair bit, but always among a range of softer descriptions. I reckon it's all about context.
    I like the comparison with velvet, too, and I get the same connection when I hear "vulva", too.

    Of course, I'm also an unabashed fan of performing cunnilingus, and quite enjoy the fact that the Victorian slang for eating at the Y was "tipping the velvet".

    So yes, more velvet for me, please.
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    Cooch - lowers my pulsrate immediately. If I am ever going into de-fib just lovingly whisper "cooch" in my ear.

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    Hehe, Cooch makes me giggle.
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    I'm a big fan of vulva. The word too, but I can't think of it without thinking of the chocolate vulva-pops they sold at the Vagina Monologes.

    The worst, not really disgusting or a turn-off, but just down right confusing was 'bilobate', having two lobes. It was used for a woman's chest. I read the line ten times, and even googled it to be sure. To date I'm still don't exacting know what the author was trying to say about her breast. That she did in fact have two of them?

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    I hope this isn't bad form...

    Quote Originally Posted by GiantRampagingPencil View Post
    "Vulva." Ugliest. Word. Ever. Closely followed by "scrotum."
    I know I'm new here and I hope it isn't bad form to resurrect a thread that is two years dead, but I spent an hour reading this thread laughing my ass off, and I just had to add something. If you joined AW after this thread, it is worth going through from the beginning... LOL

    I'm right there with GRP... "Scrotum" is a terrible word, but there are few substitutes. I default to "balls" or "sac" or even "nuts", if need be... Don't know why, but even as much as I like it in real life, typing the phrase "she nuzzled his scrotum" but makes me feel skeevy...

    "Vulva" makes me think of an unreliable and ugly European car with replacement parts that are difficult to come by.

    "Honey pot" makes me giggle every time, because I have only seen those words written, but never heard them spoken. "Spunk" also makes me laugh, don't ask me why... I could swear that "Spunky" was one of the Lil' Rascals. "Plunge" gets a poor review amongst the posters here, but I like that one, too, ie, you plunge into a pool, or plunge into a pussy... I like the image of "diving in"... Just me?

    I am not surprised that "cunt" gets such a negative response, but I personally like it. I used to have a girl that hated the word in the abstract, but loved it when I called her "my little cunt". Brits I have met use this all the time, and it doesn't have the stigma it does in America. I used to work with a dozen Brits, and it almost didn't have a sexual connotation, in the way they used it.

    The lesson I have learned from this thread is that you should use slang and terminology that suits the tone and characters you are writing about. If your setting is Victorian, "cooch" doesn't fit, but some of these silly euphemisms work just fine. If your main character is a contemporary rapper and you can't bring yourself to type "dick" and "pussy", you may be in the wrong line of work. Many of the words that people hate here I have used in my WIP, because they "fit". I work around people of all ages that often speak sexually, and I have a good thermometer of what both men and women say when speaking about sex, and I think that writing realistically is what will work best.

    And just because I pride myself on being unique, let me throw one out there not mentioned yet... can't remember where I heard this, but when I was dating the woman that would later become my wife, we were talking about a previous girlfriend my woman was a jealous of, and I referred to my ex as a "Steak-Umm babe"...

    She said, "What is that?"

    I replied, "That's a woman whose genitalia has the meaty appearance and mottled pink and brown coloration one associates with an underdone Steak-Umm...."

    She never let me forget that.

    I don't think I will every write that in a story, because it isnt even remotely "erotic"...but I got that in my back pocket, if that metaphor ever works... LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by MargueriteMing View Post
    Heehee, I'm with you, but it's "purple-helmeted warrior" that does it for me.
    If I saw that in a story I don't even know what I'd do. I'd feel so lost and like... violated and stuff.

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    Someone told me that they read a lot of MM erotica where the characters "butthole flutters" when they get aroused.

    I died laughing. I would feel so bad for anyone that actually experienced that. Imagine the anxiety you would feel if every time you saw someone you were attracted to, your sphincter became unreliable.
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    I LOVE "laved." I USE laved. It just sounds so "Roman Empire," but only when it's used in contemporary romance.

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