Day: February 19, 2017

What is a fetish for being bitten called?

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Posted in categories: Ancient Greek, English, Linguistics

I draw attention to Nick Nicholas’ answer to What is it called when you get aroused by watching people die? as my credentials for answering this. Especially my line: Is not knowing shit about Classical languages a prerequisite for sexologists?! It is, and I’m not finding the bite fetish in Aggrawal’s exorbitantly misspelled listing of […]

From a stylebook perspective, what are the rules behind using asterisks and/or grawlixes to replace certain letters in curse words?

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Posted in categories: English, Writing Systems

Unfortunately I don’t have style books to hand, but practice on this has varied in English. 100 years ago, the convention was to write only the first and the last letter of the obscenity, and to put dashes between them: d—d. The contemporary practices I have seen are to put ellipses between the first and […]