Talking Dirty: The Origins of Sexual Obscenities

Fuck. Cunt. Twat. Pussy. Cock. Until fairly recently, authorities on English considered the first three too sexually vulgar to include in standard dictionaries, while the genital connotations of the other two were equally unmentionable. But in many other languages, equivalent terms that describe the genitals and intercourse are not considered so vulgar. How did these English words become so tainted? The answer has nothing to do with sex—and everything to do with political conquest a thousand years ago. More »»

Better Sex Fast—Using Just One Word, YES

When tongues are dancing, do you find yourself suddenly tongue-tied? Many lovers do. It’s often difficult to say anything in the throes of passion, let alone ask for changes in the way your partner makes love. If you say anything critical, your lover might feel offended. Or think you’re weird. As a result, many people who would like to speak up while lying down can’t find the words. But clamming up when things aren’t quite right means that your pleasure suffers and your partner remains in the dark about what you really want. More »»

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We Have Great Chemistry: Amazing Secrets of the Brain in Love

You meet. You click. Suddenly, what Juliet felt for Romeo is nothing compared with the intensity of your passion. You’re head-over-heels in love. Our word “love” is derived from the ancient Sanskrit lubh, meaning desire, as in lust. But your love is much deeper than a mere physical connection. As the Biblical Song of Songs […]