Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Why is wom·an


Q.


Why is wom·an
labeled slut
while a he·man
labeled stud
when they're both doin'
the same crud?



A.


The "feminine"
'l' in slut;*
the "masculine"
'd' in stud
It's a fine line
              between
bum and bud.





posted to Read Write Poem: a t-rex and a thesaurus (what a word conjures up)

see also My letter to letters (on the shapes and sounds of letters)


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* en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonorant: "For example, vowels are sonorants, as are [some] consonants like /m/ and /l/. Other consonants [,like /d/,] restrict the airflow enough to cause turbulence, and so are non-sonorant."