August 5th, 2011

Why didn't we call them Lem Putts?

Why did Chic Sale write the best selling book "The Specialist" ?

Thinking the other day about how things come to get named; and especially when the "thing" is hard for some people to talk about.  Do we still call outdoor "water c;losets" "chic sales?"  We still use "John" (Sir John Harrington) and "Crapper." (Sir Thomas Crapper) to denote indoor flush "lavatories," though i suspect that "crapper" has for a long time required its own euphemisms.  Secondary, tertiary and later generation euphemisms suggest we should have stayed with the original names of things, assuming they were at all descriptive.  Either that or the thing we are trying to talk about was pure nonesense in the first place.