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11.13.13 Lewd Linguist

Getting my first cell phone meant no more writing addresses on paper or calling boys from payphones. Typing was awkward, but we adapted by taking shortcuts that made gr8 use of the keypad. China got it a lot worse than us, having a romanization system that requires not only all 26 English letters but numbered […]

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10.02.13 Lewd Linguist

Tu veux nous y rejoindre? /ty vø nuz i ʁəʒwɛ̃ndʁ/ You want to join us there? After a couple months of coquettish Facebook chats, my French friends were finally in town. One blond and one dark-haired, they were a couple looking for a third to stop by their hotel. Excited to use the word ménage-à-trois […]

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09.11.13 Lewd Linguist

“Come in, have a seat! Shall I make tea? I’ve got plenty of vodka! Want some cherries? Bread? I could cook you some chicken…” This is invariably how I’m greeted whenever I meet someone Russian. It doesn’t matter if he opens the door naked, if we’re just going to watch TV, or if the camera’s […]

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08.14.13 Lewd Linguist

India’s not the best place to be a raging homosexual but it’s certainly not the worst. There’s one legally-married gay couple, and their biggest export is the campy musical, most notably the three-hour twerk dramas of Shahrukh Khan. There’s also the Holi festival for people who want to be rainbows. India has 22 officially recognized […]

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07.10.13 Lewd Linguist

Two years ago, I went on a personal journey to Denmark, the world’s most underrated gay destination. Not only is Denmark the happiest country in the world, Danes report the largest average penis size and boast the highest ratio of bottoms to tops, according to Manhunt Daily. The most famous piece of Danish literature involves […]

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06.26.13 Lewd Linguist

The pharynx, the space between the tongue root and the back of the throat, is used for gagging, deepthroating and the Afroasiatic languages of North Africa and the Middle East. Arabic’s use of the pharynx is one of the most extensive. Not only does it use the breathy H-like fricative /ħ/ and its voiced counterpart […]

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