Thursday, March 18, 2010

Salacity

SALACITY, n. A certain literary quality frequently observed in popular novels, especially in those written by women and young girls, who give it another name and think that in introducing it they are occupying a neglected field of letters and reaping an overlooked harvest. If they have the misfortune to live long enough they are tormented with a desire to burn their sheaves.

2010 Update: Mammalhood.

23 comments:

Margaret Mitchell said...

I'm sure I haven't the faintest idea what you're talking about.

Jim said...

Hey Doug, I needed some help with this one. Google was much more explicit than you were. Too explicit for my kiddie filter. ;)
You first observation was made way before computers wasn't it. In the second you put things very mildly.
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If you need any chastising I will let your critics to that. I only observe what goes on here now-a-days.
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Karen said...

With all due respect, Mrs. Mitchell, you won the Nobel Prize in 1937 for Gone With The Wind. David O. Selnick released the associated film epic in 1939. The movie was an overnight sensation and won eight Academy Awards. You died in 1949, but GWTW lives on. The only thing burning still is Atlanta.

TLP said...

Salacity: a deep look into the T.V. series The Bachelor. Those guys.

TLP said...

That Pansi, Girl, you invented salacity. (Or at least perfected it.)

sauerkraut said...

I'd ask Jane Austen but she's dead.

Karen said...

Maybe William Makepeace Thackeray knows.

Ariel the Thief said...

This word is not as easy as it looks.

Thom said...

Salacity: Iguana

Karen said...

The Night of the Iguana
is a 1964 film based
on the 1961 play
The Night of the Iguana
by Tennessee Williams.

Directed by John Huston,
it starred
Richard Burton,
Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr.

Doug said...

Frankly, Margaret, I can't explain it to you.

Jim, I don't know what Google's showing you but it means lust.

Karen, I would presume that Ms. Mitchell would know the part about her deceasement.

I'll take your word for it, TLP.

Sauerkraut, that's a lost opportunity.

I have no idea, Karen.

If it were, Ariel, it would be even rarer.

Thom, I'm going to trust that you know what you mean.

Karen, I think you've developed a wikitic.

actonbell said...

It seems that salacity's current name might be Lady Gaga

actonbell said...

...but not my avatar, no way...

The Old Mule said...

mammalhood: -ed (past participle) the state of being to drunk to fish.

The Old Mule said...

oops, I defined -your- fine definition. Lo siento mucho, amigo. Pero ya esta hecho. Y, como estas?

PANSI!!!! said...

My saliva is perfeckly Normal thank you TPL!!!!

Cooper said...

another name for Slovakia

Anonymous said...

May you recall Tuesday through Thursday ...

Gracias a Dios es Viernes ...
Buenas noches a todo.
~~~

C.J.Duffy said...

Wot Ho Doug!
I thought Salacity was something to with a young filly's ill fitting undergarments but what the heck do I know?
Spiffing bit of wit and wisdom is this post old man.

Doug said...

I don't know, Actonbell. Maybe you should switch to a scrabble tile.

Bien, bien, Amigo. Feliz compleaƱos. ¿Y tu?

Pansi, it's true and tastes like rosewater.

And most of the European subcontinent, Cooper.

C.J., that's a really great example. Ta.

Karen said...

Does Mr. C.J. Duffy have an axe to grind?

Thom said...

Yeah I do Doug and I know it doesn't fit very well or well at all but it's the only thing I could think of. LOL Someone has to keep everyone guessing and it might as well be me :)

Doug said...

I don't think so, Karen. Maybe a Wodehouse to read.

Thom, you'd be my pick.