Friday, April 06, 2007

This is kind of embarrassing. I've never been interested in pornography; obviously, watching porno has the same effect on me as it does on every other male, but it's not something I seek out. Probably one reason why I have so few computer and spam problems is that I never go to Internet porn sites.

But I've become fascinated by this book that I mentioned a month or two ago called My Secret Life by an anonymous Victorian gentleman. My guess is that it's a combination of his real experiences, stories other people told him, and his fantasies. A lot of it rings very true, though, because the author doesn't conceal anything about himself. He doesn't mind telling stories that make him look like a fool, or an arrogant jerk, and he enjoys telling stories that make him look rather like a pervert--some of the stuff about thirteen-year-old virgins is pretty unpleasant, not real erotic at all.

I'm not sure I've ever read an author who was so honest, even though at least half of his book is made up. His feelings and actions ring true even in situations that are probably his fantasies.

And it's expanded my vocabulary.

doodle=penis, probably children's word
baudy, leud (adverbs)=horny, excited--"I felt baudy and leud when I saw..." Also adjectives, e.g."my baudy cock"
gamouche=perform oral sex on a female
minette=perform oral sex on a man; also a noun
bum furrow=buttcrack
to spend=to reach orgasm (both male and female)

Most of the other standard words in English were used then in just the way they are now. One that people seem to think was used during Victorian times, "to roger," doesn't appear in My Secret Life, making me think it's bogus.

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