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The news for (big) penises

May 1, 2016

(The header tells the story. The X-rated images are on AZBlogX today, in “It was a dark and stocky cock” (here) and “Patrick Fillion” (here). But there will be some plain talk in this posting, so it’s not for kids or the sexually modest.)

The first AZBlogX posting has an item of male photography, of a man with an excellent furry body and a thick, stocky cock. The second is about gay cartoonist Patrick Fillion and his very X-rated one-panel art/illustrations featuring truly outsized cocks (plus ample butts and a variety of sexual acts). For this blog: a cropped photo that lets us focus on the model’s tattoo; and a drawing by Fillion of himself with his cast of characters from the 2005 book Heroes:




Between the desert and the couch

May 1, 2016

The May Day Bizarro, in Cartoon Cliché Land:

(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 3 in this strip — see this Page.)



April 29, 2016

/ˌuˈ(w)i/, used as an exclamation. OED3 (Sept. 2013):

N.Amer. colloq. Expressing astonishment, admiration, dismay, etc. [first cite 1910]

(No one seems to have looked at actual usage in any detail — a tough task for colloquial expressions in general, but especially tough for exclamations.)

Why do I mention it? Because of my posting “sg /u/, pl /i/” a couple days ago — with sg / pl pairs involving these vowels, but also nonoccurring pairs like noose / neese. And then, in the April 2016 Funny Times, this Mark Stivers cartoon starting with the sg / pl pairs tooth / teeth and foot / feet, and then immediately branching off into silly play with pairs like toon / teen:


Two gay graphic novels

April 24, 2016

Not that these are the only two, but I have them both in my library and they make a startling contrast:

Howard Cruse’s 1995 novel Stuck Rubber Baby


And Peter Milligan & Duncan Fregredo’s 1995 compilation volume Enigma of their superhero comic book series


(text by Milligan, drawings by Fegredo, coloring by van Valkenburgh)


Meteor Storm

April 24, 2016

About the 2010 film and the two lead actors, who were immediately familiar to me, though I couldn’t say from where. Ultimately, this posting is about “ordinary working actors” (the phrase is based on Chuck Fillmore’s notion of Ordinary Working Grammarians) — people who get into acting (often via odd routes), practice the craft in children’s theater, college theater, soap operas, commercials, modeling, regional theater and other stage productions, whatever, and then become part of a cadre of accomplished professionals, very few of whom become stars or celebrities, but still give pleasure to audiences and are often liminally recognizable.


(Yes, the Golden Gate Bridge gets demolished, along with lots of really tall buildings.)

Out in front: the excellent faces of the two lead actors:




Some readings on language evolution

April 19, 2016

In response to queries (from two non-linguist friends) about Robert Berwick and Noam Chomsky, Why Only Us: Language and Evolution (2015), I briefly critiqued universal grammar / innatist positions and the argument that language acquisition would be impossble to explain without them. My friends asked for some sources on the origins and evolution of language that would be accessible for general readers like them (beyond my first suggestion, Dan Everett’s book, listed below). After consultation with knowledgeable colleagues (listed below) – language origins / evolution is not a field that I know much about, so I fell back on asking colleagues – I assembled a list of some readings they suggested (sometimes with reservations). (To reiterate: I am not a language origins guy.)

My consultants (in their enthusiasm for the topic) were inclined to slip into recommending more technical literature and journal articles, and some cited books now in press or at the writing stage (notably Dan Everett’s How Language Began), but I resisted the impulse to list those here.

The topic of language origins / evolution is obviously closely tied to the origins / evolution of human beings (something I am very far from an expert in), and also to two topics I know something about, but as an outsider rather than a specialist: the development of language in children (given Chomskyan innatist arguments based on claims about the “poverty of the stimulus”) and the communication systems of other animals (given the claim that only human beings have language).

Daniel L. Everett, Language: The Cultural Tool (2012)
– review by John McWhorter in the New York Times

James R. Hurford:
The Origins of Language: A Slim Guide (2014)
The Origins of Grammar: Language in the Light of Evolution (2011)
The Origins of Meaning: Language in the Light of Evolution (2007)

Simon M. Kirby:
Function, Selection, and Innateness: The Emergence of Language Universals (1999)
Morton H. Christiansen & SMK, Language Evolution (2003)

Christine Keneally:
The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language (2008)

Thom Scott-Phillips:
Speaking Our Minds: Why human communication is different, and how language evolved to make it special (2014)

Michael Tomasello:
Origins of Human Communication (2008)

Thanks to Dan Everett, Geoff Pullum, Simon Kirby, and Kenny Smith.

Another winged man

April 17, 2016

(Pungently sexual stuff, not for kids or the sexually modest.)

Yesterday on my blogs, on Ganymede (always a beautiful youth) and Zeus (in art, sometimes an eagle, sometimes a winged man, sometimes just a powerful male figure):

on AZBlogX: “Ganymede’s tale” (where I note my long-time fantasy of sex-in-the-air with a winged man)

on this blog: “Ganymede on the fly” (a work of photographic art in which the Ganymede figure realizes this fantasy, magnificently and joyously)

Now to another winged man, i an image that has haunted me for years:


A dark, indistinct, noirish, black-and-white image — of TitanMen’s Steve Cannon, in the extreme leather/fetish film Fallen Angel (1997). Some dreams are made of this.


Magnitude boys

April 10, 2016

(Ok, men’s bodies and some suggestive verse, but nothing really X-rated. And there’s even a bit of language stuff.)

The most recent Daily Jocks ad, with an accompanying on-line ad (and my caption):



His name was McTrim,
And he called himself Tim,
But everyone knew him as Pansy.

Now he and his man, who called himself Stan.
Were in the back room making whoopee, when
Their buddy broke in, grinning a grin, growling
Move over boys, Daddy needs nookie!

(Ok, a take-off on Lennon & McCartney’s Rocky Raccoon. And yes, I’ve messed with the line divisions, while preserving the rhymes, including my half-rhyme whoopee – nookie, which introduces the item nookie, for another posting.)


Morning name: catarrh

March 20, 2016

For the 19th, the affliction (part of a nasty cold also featuring paroxysmal coughing) and the name, reproducing bits of Ancient Greek spelling carried through to Latin, French, and then English. From NOAD2:

excessive discharge or buildup of mucus in the nose or throat, associated with inflammation of the mucous membrane. ORIGIN early 16th cent.: from French catarrhe, from late Latin catarrhus, from Greek katarrhous, from katarrhein ‘flow down,’ from kata– ‘down’ + rhein ‘flow.’

(The name catarrh obviously has nothing to do with the Gulf country name Qatar, though the latter is sometimes pronounced the same as the former, /kǝtár/.)


Arother carbon dating cartoon

March 7, 2016

From Horton Copperpot this morning, a Scott Hilburn cartoon in which carbon dating (estimating the age of organic material via rates of radioactive decay) is crossed with online dating (finding romantic or sexual partners via internet services):

(This appears to be a Tyrannosaurs rex, which flourished in the Cretaceous, not the Triassic. [Thanks to John Baker and Robert Coren for catching errors in an earlier version of this posting.])