How to be more excellent to each other--and yourself
Friday, October 30, 2009
I coffee potted your mom last night
Many of you are familiar with semantic satiation, even if you didn't know that was what it was called. Something else I happen to have noticed, since I have a rather dirty mind, is what I'd call "semantic eroticization," wherein any verb at all can be used as a euphemism for sex. Or a euphemism for being on drugs.
As a preface: there's a game I played once... I think it's just called "The Coffee Pot" game. The way it works is that a person thinks of a verb, and then people ask yes or no questions about the verb, using "coffee pot" as what I guess is a metasyntactic variable. "Are you coffee potting right now? Can I coffee pot with you?" The effect is a bit like semantic satiation, except for the added weirdness that "coffee pot" seems to take on a sexual meaning.
If you doubt me, try playing the game sometime. And look at some of these sample questions that can often be useful:
Can you coffee pot alone? Can you coffee pot with other people?
Can you finish coffee potting? Or do you just coffee pot until you stop?
Does Natalie Portman coffee pot?
Is it appropriate to coffee pot in public?
And so on.
Now, try coming up with some random nouns and some random transitive verbs. Put them together. You will then have a new euphemism for sex or being high. I leave this as an exercise for the reader. Additionally, if you want to try to remove bias from the experiment, do it in a Mad Libs way by asking a couple of people for noun and verb suggestions before you tell them what it's for.
Also: you may notice that I have found a layout that will fit a whole Dinosaur Comic. I am excited about this. I will soon be going through the archives and hotlinking each of the comics, instead of just hyperlinking them.
Did you notice that "hotlink" and "hyperlink" sound like sex acts?