Monday, September 14, 2009


Hehe. Now that I have your attention...

According to my dictionary widget:

perversion (not gonna type the pronunciation because I don't know how to make my letters do those things)
-the alteration of something from it's original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended
-sexual behavior or desire that is considered abnormal or unacceptable
Origin late Middle English: from Latin perversio(n-), from the verb pervertere - 'turn around'
(or another source says it means 'to corrupt').

I keep wishing I'd taken Latin.

From The Bald-Headed Hermit and the Artichoke - An Erotic Thesaurus, I found these euphemisms - though it's funny, pervert/perversion is not really a word that's generated a lot of them - maybe because the word itself is not one that is considered perverted.

abnormal, bent, creepy, crud, defective (just a wee bit judgmental?), degenerate, depraved, deviant, dirty, dissolute, freakish, fucked, gooner (?), grody, gross, grotesque, into a particular scene, into kink, into sick shit, kinky, marv (ha!), odd, off, otway (? ?), panty thief (hmmm, maybe Blogger is, for taking Alison's Panty Parade blog), peculiar, perv(y), pervie, pervo, prevert (always a favorite), queer, rotten, rough, secko, sick, sid, sinful, smarmy, strange, twisted, twisty, unhealthy, unnatural, viscious (think it's supposed to be vicious), warped, watson (I really wonder at the origin of this one), wicked

Personally, I don't think most of these fall under the definition of euphemism - other than maybe gooner, panty thief, or watson (I was not able to find an explanation of that one in a few minutes googling - now I'm really curious). Many of the words seem judgmental (I know, I know - many people are) - and I'm sure that the continuum has folks considered kinky by some thinking someone else is really into sick shit and that person thinks another is even more warped.

At the somewhat recent eroticist's dinner, it struck me that as "normal" as we all seemed, many many many people would consider us perverts. I think we'd all wear that badge with pride. Maybe it's because we've thought about it so much while writing that we're more sure of ourselves (in other words, we don't think we're unhealthy) and more aware of the great variations in what turns one on and pops one's cork (yeah, more euphemisms).
Guess we're all just twisted.


Marina said...

I thoroughly enjoy being pervy!

Yep, I think the group of us at the erotic writer's dinner looked like we could have been going to a PTA meeting. (Well, maybe Em was a little overdresseed/underdressed for a PTA meeting!) But, underneath our unassuming demeanors, we're all perverts! Go, team!

neve black said...

This cracked me up. Yep, I suppose I've known about my dirty, little pervert secret for a long time now.

God, isn't it great meeting others we can relate to. Perverts anon no more! I wear my badge with pride too. :-)

Unknown said...

LOL, this is great, Robin. I don't mind being a perv. I think that I rather like it. It gives me a place in my mind to go to when real life is desperately boring.

LOL, My veri-word is nonuts. "I tried to teabag 'em but he had nonuts." Sniggers...ahhh, I amuse myself.

Erobintica said...

hahaha PTA - perverts talking away - or, oh oh oh - PTO - perverts taking over!


and I love that you got nonuts, Harrison - that is soooo funny.

thanks everyone for commenting - I'm trying to get back to posting more fun, interesting stuff.

Erobintica said...

Oh, and Neve (I accidentally deleted this line when I changed the one above it (I thought of the PTO line later)

I think we need to have that button made if it doesn't exist.

Craig Sorensen said...

One man's (or woman's) perversion is another's adventure.

I suppose measured against many people's standards I'm a sick puppy because of what I write.

I'm okay with that, and glad to be among others who feel likewise!

Nice post, Robin. Oh, and loved the Joni Mitchell song. She's awesome.

Erobintica said...

Thanks Craig, you sick puppy you. ;-)

Yes, JM is awesome.

Janine Ashbless said...

Hah - it's true. All the smutwriters I've met look like ordinary prople you'd stand next in a bus queue any day, including me of course.

It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for...

Erobintica said...

It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for...

hehehe, so true so true