Archive for the ‘Language and the body’ Category

Milo Ventimiglia

June 29, 2015

(Another in a series of postings about performers who have given me pleasure. Minimal linguistic content.)

Seen on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit a few days ago: the episode “Escape” (season 5, episode 11, originally broadcast 1/6/04), featuring Milo Ventimiglia, an actor familiar to me from Gilmore Girls and, especially, Heroes.



Serious in #1, with a quirky smile in #2 — both showing the eye pouches that are a facial feature of many people of Italian ancestry.


The news for penises, Norwegian edition

June 27, 2015

Passed on by Chris Hansen on Facebook, this story of 6/23 from (“Norway’s news in English”), “Is this the worst summer job ever?”:

A nineteen-year-old in Norway has been hired by a sexual health charity to play a giant penis who surprises passers-by by spraying them with golden confetti.

“I thought it was hilarious. If I can do a good thing for others, just by being a dick, there is nothing better,” Philip van Eck, the man inside the penis costume, told Norway’s Tønsberg Blad newspaper.

It’s all about STDs.


The news for penises, including accidental ones

June 25, 2015

First, a little more on sexual tube steak. Then a couple images of accidental penises.


nutmeg, the verb

June 25, 2015

From Steve Anderson a few days ago, this cute story (by Seth Rosenthal on June 20th) from the world of basketball, on player Boogie Cousins:

Hero child nutmegs DeMarcus Cousins, then scores in his face

This is Boogie’s “DeMarcus Cousins Elite Skills Camp,” and it’s the typical session in which campers get to attempt scoring on the 7′ basketball man. Cousins obviously isn’t trying very hard to start the exchange, but then the kid successfully puts the ball through his legs and Cousins spins around with what looks to me like a genuine effort to block the reverse finish … but it’s got juuuust the right arc to soar over his fingers and drop in! And the crowd goes wild!

Video in the story. Still shot of the aftermath:


Ah, the verb nutmeg.


Briefly: a technical term

June 18, 2015

From a piece by Gina Kolata in the NYT yesterday, “Antibiotics Are Effective in Appendicitis, Study Says”:

The results only apply to uncomplicated appendicitis, stressed Dr. Paulina Salminen, a surgeon at Turku University Hospital in Finland and lead author of the new study. She and her colleagues excluded from their trial the 20 percent of patients with complicated cases — people with perforated appendices or abdominal abscesses, and those with a little, rocklike blockage of the appendix called an appendicolith.

Yes, appendicolith, (with the stem of appendix plus the lith– ‘rock, stone’ stem), not a word you’re likely to have come across before. But an obviously useful technical term in this medical context, replacing the wordy explanation ‘little, rocklike blockage of the appendix’ or the somewhat more specific and compact ‘a calcified deposit within the appendix’ on the site. Let’s face it, we have no ordinary-language term for this referent.

(Phonological note: the word seems to have the same accent pattern as appendectomy, with alternating accent: primary accent on the third syllable, secondary on the first, tertiary on the fifth, with unaccented second and fourth syllables.)

Wrapped for June

June 16, 2015

(Warning: about gay porn, with frank discussion of men’s bodies and man-man sex; the X-rated images are on AZBlogX, but a couple of the ones here skirt the line. In any case, not for the kiddies or the sexually modest.)

On my X Blog, in “Wrapping themselves in the rainbow flag”, a Gay Pride sale at Channel 1 Releasing (well, an excuse to advertise four of their most recent releases). For whatever reason, all four of the images there have the men as receptors rather than insertors — as phallophages in a general sense, two per os and two per ano.

The actors: in #1 (from Daddy Issues), Kyle Kash as a Boy (admittedly, hairy and muscular, but definitely a Boy) in a Daddy-Boy scene; in #2 (from “Chokin’ on Cock”), Joe Parker in an absurd multi-suck scene (three at a time!); in #3 (from “Folsom Flesh”), Joe Steele, in a harness and a sling, getting porked by a leather dude; and in #4 (from “My New Step Brother”), Austin Jordan fellating in the family.

I’m interested, in general, in how pornstars are presented in these movies, how their fantasy relationships are framed (everything from raw, context-less sex to bonding for love), how the encounters are structured, and how language is used in these encounters. You can get only a bit of this from still shots, and it’s gotten harder than it used to be to get information about the actors and the films; the field is crowded with low-grade professional porn and enormous amounts of amateur porn.

Here I’ll focus on Kyle Kash, who leads off the ad and is in fact wrapped in a rainbow flag for the season (the rest merely have rainbow PRIDE! insignia on the images).

In the AZBlogX shot, Kash is displaying his muscular hairy ass (plus some dangling testicles), glancing back over his shoulder at the viewer, in a shot that screams BOTTOM. And indeed, though he’s a relative newcomer to the porn flick world, he’s been around the bottom block a whole lot of times already: in Daddy Issues, with Scotty Rage — in a cropped photo:


Taking Dmitri Kane in a different sexual position (mounted on him), in Before a Shower (also cropped):


(With open-mouthed ecstatic pleasure in both shots.)

And bottoming for at least the following men in other films: Brenner Bolton, Trenton Ducati, John Foster, Kip Ryker.

Then there’s his rentboy in L.A. site, which features his ass in the first photo of the set and emphasizes its virtues in the text:


Very open-minded and non-judgmental guy here looking to fulfill your fantasies and take you on an adventure. I have a tight, muscular, defined body (workout 7x a week), a large 7.5″ cock and an amazing ass.

I’m available for dinners, companionship, events, etc. I’m very chill, discreet, sweet, and caring. I will treat you like the amazing person that you are. I know how to have a great time and would love for you to join me.

(It’s all about the dinner conversation.)

On the other three actors, very briefly. Three different types:

Joe Parker: billed as gay-for-pay, mostly a top – lean and ruggedly masculine

Colin Steele: raunchy, leather muscle pig, into barebacking, and usually a top

Jordan Austin: framed as a young straight boy who discovers gay sex together with his new stepbrother

Something for everybody at Pride Time.

Alternative to the dance belt

June 11, 2015

Passed along to me by two friends, who found it posted by Eric Ellis on the Facebook group “A tribute to male ballet dancers” (who the dancer is, or who the photographer, I don’t know):

Three notes; on the pose; on the dancer’s body; and on the hand(s)-covering-crotch gesture.


The abs/junk buddies

May 25, 2015

(Not really about language.)

For the holiday weekend, the Daily Jocks site offers a new Neon range from the Male Basics company.

Neon Yellow, the seriously butch, threatening guy on the right, says to Neon Magenta, his abs-cultivating, somewhat swishy buddy, “You can lean on me”. Yellow’s a top, Magenta a bottom, but they like to share their junk with each other. Or so I hear.

More naked calendars

May 4, 2015

Back on 11/11/14, I looked light-heartedly at naked calendars for charity, focusing (given my predilections) on calendars with naked hunky guys (carefully posed to avert X-rated images); I started with one called Hunks and Horses. Now I discover, on Facebook, that I have missed World Naked Gardening Day (which was on May 2nd this year) and, in a separate enterprise, the Perennial charity calendar of naked gardening guys,


Morning: Conrad Ecklie

April 25, 2015

This morning’s name was Conrad Ecklie. From Wikipedia:

Conrad Ecklie is a fictional character on the television series CSI played by Marc Vann. He was employed as Assistant Director of the crime lab of Clark County, Nevada until he was promoted first to Undersheriff in Season 10, then to Sheriff of Clark County in Season 13. In earlier seasons, he is a typical antagonist. As the series progresses, he gradually starts to become a good friend to the CSI team.




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