In my blogging backlog, two underwear images from Daily Jocks, from the Echt Apparel company (of Australia):
The Lowe [‘Lion’] Stringer
The Equip Stringer
It’s Pride month, time for rainbow everything (as symbols of solidarity and resistance to oppression) and also time for defiant celebrations of same-sex desire, same-sex sexual acts, and social and personal motss-identification. All especially important in the face of explicit attempts to exterminate our community, like the monstrous wickedness in Orlando the night before last. As usual, I’ve sequestered the images of sexual body parts on AZBlogX (“The dick days of summer”, here, with three stirring photos for gay men), but I won’t be shy about talking about men’s bodies and the excellent sexual practice of masturbation, so this isn’t for kids or the sexually modest.
On the Comics Kingdom blog on Tuesday, for National Escargot Day (May 24th), ten cartoons on snails, all of them new to this blog. Some turn on the snail cartoon meme (having to do with slowness), many have to do with the slowness of postal services (snail mail, in the rhyming retronym), the rest deal with other gastropodal matters.
From the annals of snowclones, commercial icons in contestation, commercial names, and advertising run amok.
Today’s Calvin and Hobbes is a replay of a strip from 2/24/86:
I remember this strip (with its play on two senses of pro) with great fondness, and I was sure it had been posted (possibly by me) on Language Log or this blog, but an hour’s searching found nothing, so I’m posting it here.
Passed around on Facebook, this entertaining combination of image and text:
Non-Americans might not get the joke here, since the figure of Smokey might not be familiar to them: he’s very much an American thing. Even if you don’t recognize Smokey the Bear (and his signature quotation, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires”), you might recognize the central figure in the composition as a monk, or a (religious) brother, that is, a friar (NOAD2: ‘a member of any of certain religious orders of men, especially the four mendicant orders (Augustinians, Carmelites, Dominicans, and Franciscans)’), and you might notice the vase of flowers (such as you would get from a florist shop) and suspect that they weren’t in the original painting of the friar, so that you could appreciate the composition (with its “florist friars”) as playful nonsense. But the monitory Smokey is crucial for real understanding.
Passed on to me through several Facebook pages, this vintage clothing ad from the PlaidStallions.com site (providing pages from 70s catalogs; the catalog this one came from is not identified):
These are knit trousers — bell-bottoms in fact — with fancy bottoms, where bottom is intended to refer to
(1) ‘the lowest point or part’ of something (NOAD2), in this case, the lowest part of the trousers
Entertainingly, there are three other possible senses here: one given by NOAD2 —
(2) informal ‘buttocks’
— and two not: a sexual sense (opposed to top), denoting
(3) someone who takes the receptive role in anal intercourse (or, by extension, someone who takes the receptive or submissive role in other sexual acts)
and a sense from the clothing trade, denoting
(4) a garment worn on the lower half of the body (vs. a top, a garment worn on the top half of the body)
So fancy bottoms could refer to fancy asses / butts (a number of Facebook readers were enchanted with the idea); or to sexual bottoms who are fancy, in one or another sense of fancy; or to garments for wear on the lower half of the body that are fancy (say, by being made of cloth printed with a fancy pattern, or by having extra features of one sort or another.
There is some discussion of the sexual senses, in a gay context, in postings linked to from this blog on 6/3/13. And of the clothing-trade sense in four postings on this blog:
7/11/11: “Active bottoms” (link), with both bottom and active in clothing-trade senses (active ‘for (vigorous) activities’, as in active wear vs. leisure wear)
1013/11: “More bottoms” (link), with Big and Tall Bottoms
3/29/13: “Colored bottoms” (link)
10/29/13: “More bottoms and tops” (link), with buy a bottom, get a top
These sightings are entertaining because of the potential ambiguity between the clothing-trade and the sexual senses. (Ok, itr’s cheap entertainment.)
There is yet a fifth sense that bottoms might have picked up, but apparently hasn’t — as a truncation of bell-bottoms, in which case fancy bottoms could refer to fancy bell-bottomed trousers (fancy all over, not just fancy at the bottom). Such garments certainly exist; here’s a striking number from a Burning Man:
But it seems that among the alternatives to bell-bottoms — flares, boot-cut or boot-fit trousers, even the occasional truncation to bells — we do not find bottoms.