Thursday, April 29, 2010

On Language

"Fetus-fucker," a term that has been getting ever-more-frequent use of late, is one of those ambivalent constructions that gives linguists and general users alike reason for pause.  Is a fetus-fucker someone who has intercourse with fetuses, or is it someone who uses fetuses in the process of intercourse with a third (or second, depending on one's point of view) party?

Maybe the thing to do is to try both and see which act is more appropriately matched to the term.

Or perhaps we should let the disambiguation occur through a preponderance of one use over another.  Readers, please send in citations and findings.

--Steve Kilian

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