Once upon a time, there was a body part we couldn’t mention. Instead, we used words such as dagger, lance, stake and sword. There were other make-nice substitutes (which we also can’t print here), but it all comes down to our trying to make the unmentionable mentionable. Even when it’s done with a wink or a leer. It’s the world of euphemisms, and this is a fairly interesting thought poem on the subject.
Another euphemism, natch.
– Anne Berdheim