Gene, EVERYONE says "skwirl."
I agree there is an elision, and if you listen to the pronunciation here, your ear can turn it into one syllable, even though the written definition clearly has it as two.
But really: If you were writing a poem, would you rhyme "squirrel" with "pearl" or "twirl"? Would Shakespeare have done so?
As the final authority on this, I turn to RhymeZone.com, which gives as the rhyme for squrrel not pearl or swirl, but "referral." Would you pronounce referral as "refurl"? I think not even you.
Any comments on the passing of Christopher Hitchens? Your thoughts of him as a writer?
As soon as I learned of Hitchens's death, I twote this:
Christopher Hitchens ceases to be --
A remarkable life he led
He isn't in heaven; he isn't in hell,
He is simply, emphatically, dead.
Happy New Year, Gene! Your poo chat has me laughing...my 6yo son REFUSES to go ANYWHERE but at home. He'll hold it all day at school, so as soon as we get home, it's like "Clear Out!" as he makes a run for it. His funniest comment? One day, he didn't quite make it. He said, "Mom, sometimes I run fast, but sometimes my poop runs faster." To me, too funny. Also reminds me of a movie line my nephew (who also refuses to go except at home) told my sister (I'm sure you've heard this before, but I just did not too long ago) "Got to take the Browns to the Super Bowl." Since we're from the Cleveland area originally, we realize that unfortunately, this is likely the only time they'll make it...
Thank you. I heard a different, appallingly unprintable but funny version of this.
for my secret - its nose picking and eating... which brings wierd feelings when my kids make comments about how gross it is... I just have constant flashbacks to reading Dune and the drinking of recycled pee - after all, isn't it just mucus with some dirt in it?? I also adore black beans for the earthy taste.
You know, in a chat poll a few years ago, it was established that virtually everyone is a secret nosepicker. This stunned me. I am a secret nosepicker and was unaware of how many others there were, including a large majority of women. It was a gigantic relief, much as when you learned, at 12, that you were not the only secret pervert in the world and that everyone did THAT.
But ... eating? What are you, seven?
Isn't that a part of the process you could end at will?
I don't care which is funniest. I care what Gene thinks is funniest. And I pray you don't think it's the cow tweet. (That said, Nickleback, McRib, NASA, and 'who I pretend to be are probably the best ones).
Very, very good choices.
Not sure where being sexually molested by an uncle fit in on any of those possible responses. Since I'm sure I'm not the only one with such a secret, I'd be curious to see how others answered.
It's a sexual secret, no? Not your fault, but sexual nonetheless.
Yeah, sure. I often fantasize that my wife and I have swapped genders and that I'm the woman during sex. Freud may have been wrong about penis-envy, but he probably should have studied the inverse. There seem to be a lot of us out there. People hear about this and assume that we're all closeted homosexuals or a cross-dressers or something, but nothing could be further from the truth. I have zero desire to be feminine in any way out in the real world. From what I've seen on the internet, most of the people with this fetish are also totally straight males. Something else I wouldn't have guessed before the internet gave me a window into humanity's mind. And just to satisfy your curiosity, yes, my wife knows about it and has no problem with it. She sometimes roll-plays with me to be nice, but 99% of the time it's just my own unspoken fantasy.
Wow. We'll end with this today. It's fascinating, actually. I can see that dynamically -- spatially, if you will -- it would be easy to imagine during sex. And on a very basic level, I understand it.
I consider sex to be a fascinating, complicated two-way exercise in the exchance of power. And I can see how switching the gender dynamic would be interesting, and really just an extension of something quite common -- the impulse to be dominated, or to dominate.
So are there any hetero women out there who imagine themselves as men, in bed?
Thanks for sharing this.
See you all next week in the update.