Bidding farewell to /ǰæk/

(Archive news for penises.)

Brought to me by Pinterest, a striking use of the Union Jack to clothe the model Iman and her husband David Bowie, who is sporting a major jack ‘penis”, ‘erection’ (GDoS: 1989 J. Morton Lowspeak … as in ‘I had a jack up to my eyebrows’). And a Freddy Mercury counterpart, with both the flag and the package.

So, as the UK sails away from the EU, we bid farewell to the striking tricolor British Jack that once flew over an empire and also to the strikingly engorged jacks of British flesh that once held sway over seas of music fans.



Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, without the Jack but with a notable moose knuckle:


Mercury prancing flamboyantly, also without the Jack but with an admirable package:


The two of them together at the 1985 Live Aid event, Bowie in loose-fitting trousers, Mercury in tight jeans with a stand-out moose knuckle.


From #4 in my 3/8/19 posting “Vasodilation”, a mix of Bowie and Queen performing “Under Pressure” together:


Background 1, the Jack. From NOAD:

noun Union Jack: 1 the national flag of the United Kingdom, consisting of red and white crosses on a blue background. (originally a small British union flag flown as the jack of a ship.)

Background 2, slang jack. GDoS has 15 separate entries for slang uses of  a noun jack. Entry 3 has the ‘penis’ and ‘erection’ subsenses, plus two more sexual senses:

3 copulation 1984b Partridge [dict.] 4 An act of masturbation 1984 C. White Life and Times of Little Richard 128: I haven’t had my morning jack yet!

Background 3, Brexit. It’s just there. You don’t need me to explain it, if I could.

Background 4, Iman. From Wikipedia:

Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid (Somali: Zara Maxamed Cabdulmajiid; 25 July 1955), mononymously known as Iman, is a Somali fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. She is noted for her philanthropic work. She is the widow of English rock musician David Bowie, whom she married in 1992.

The two jack stars. Two extraordinary performers, both intensely sexual on stage, both now gone. First, Freddy Mercury (from Wikipedia):

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer-songwriter, record producer and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. He is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music, and was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range.


He was born in 1946 in Zanzibar to Parsi parents from India. He attended English-style boarding schools in India from the age of eight, and returned to Zanzibar after secondary school. In 1964, his family fled the Zanzibar Revolution, moving to Middlesex, England. Having studied and written music for years, he formed Queen in 1970 with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Mercury wrote numerous hits for Queen, including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen”, “Somebody to Love”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, and “We Are the Champions”. He also led a solo career and served as a producer and guest musician for other artists. Mercury died in 1991 at age 45 due to complications from AIDS.

And David Bowie (also from Wikipedia):

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s.


His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, with his music and stagecraft having a significant impact on popular music.


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