Erotica writers have a fascination with body parts. It’s natural. In a way, it’s our business to be fascinated with them. We write stories that tantalize (and in some ways educate/enlighten) our readers. We write a lot about sex, so body parts do come up…quite literally.
All erotica writers have their stance on using euphemisms for body parts. In some ways, it’s nearly impossible not to use euphemisms without sounding extremely repetitive. The sex scenes in my ebooks typically fill up a quarter of the story length, and if I repeated the same two terms over and over, you would notice. I promise you, you would notice.
So where am I on this line? First, let’s discuss a few euphemisms that are often found in erotica:
- The abyss
- Catcher’s mitt
- Love rod
- Happy valley
- Heaven’s doors
- Ship’s mast
- Velvet glove
- Sugar basin
- South Pole
- Pink canoe
- Granite pillar
Trust me, these were among the more tasteful examples. While some of them I’m not wholly opposed to using, some of them are outright silly. There’s no use being turned on if you’re going to lose the mood by breaking into laughter.
So what do I use? I like to introduce a little bit of variety, but I’m very selective about what euphemisms I allow to participate. I tend to lean toward the words “lips,” “rosebud,” “shaft,” etc. They aren’t tremendously creative or outlandish, and that’s the point. My intention is to allow for a little variety without making people giggle–or without calling attention to itself.
What about you? Have you read some ridiculous examples of euphemisms in erotica?