Archive for the ‘Signs and symbols’ Category

Cock in a sock

April 4, 2014

(Mostly a phallicity posting, but funny. You’ve been warned.)

From the 27th, on the leparisien site:

Depuis quelques jours, des photos d’hommes nus, vêtus d’une simple chaussette cachant leur pénis, pullulent sur les réseaux sociaux (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), derrière le hashtag «#cockinasock» («penis dans une chaussette» en anglais). Solo ou en groupe, déguisés ou non, parfois acrobatiques et souvent drôles, les clichés sont largement partagés sur la toile.

Droll indeed. One image from the set:

Burger semiotics

March 10, 2014

In today’s Zippy, Griffy and Zippy contemplate Ruff’s Giant Burgers and its signs:


Of course, a real place, though now closed down.


Signage error (or not)

March 9, 2014

For Daylight Saving(s) Time, this photo has been making the rounds on Facebook:


The Errington (Volunteer) Fire Department is real; the question is whether this sign was an inadvertent error or whether the image has been doctored. I don’t know which.


One more V-Day posting

February 14, 2014

In the Washington Post yesterday, a piece “A whole lot of history behind ‘x’ and ‘o,’ kiss and hug” by Nadine Epstein, which asks the question:

Where do those symbols come from, these ur-emoticons that we sprinkle so liberally across our correspondence?

Lots of sources cited, some more authoritative than others. Included are ADS-Lers Stephen Goranson and Ben Zimmer, plus Deborah Tannen.

Flag food

January 28, 2014

(Not really about language, though certainly about signs and symbols. And food.)

From Andy Rogers, a link to this site on “National flags made from each country’s traditional foods”. Many of these are brilliant. Here’s a simple one: the Italian flag, made from basil, pasta, and tomatoes:


In my Columbus OH household, we often cooked and ate “Italian flag food” — with green, white, and red ingredients, though not necessarily these three.

But this version certainly is pretty.

Plant phallicity

January 25, 2014

Not about language.

The cover of the 10 January Science:


(The yellow medallion wasn’t on the physical cover, though it’s an entertaining addition.)


More sexy stuff

December 21, 2013

(Not about language.)

Over on AZBlogX, a set of eight images from the ivegtaboner site (yes, I’ve Got a Boner). A varied set of (very much) X-rated images of men.

Sexy stuff

December 20, 2013

Not about language, but sex and sexuality. A wonderful phallic vegetable image, and a collection of images of butts, bears, and labs (scientific laboratories, not labrador dogs).


Fertility window

December 19, 2013

From Leith Chu today, this “rare example of what architectural historians refer to as a “fertility window” “:

The design elements are routine, but sometimes the combination makes for high phallicity.

Xmas phallicity

December 17, 2013

From Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky, from the CakeWrecks site, one of the phallic Xmas creations:



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