Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Euphemisms? We don't need no euphemisms

A couple of months ago I got grumpy about euphemisms vis-à-vis a post at SayUncle about a "gentlemen's" barbershop. To quote myself
If you like to indulge in something, own it. Call it what it is. In that spirit, I offer the following to any entrepreneur who wants to open his own barber shop that appeals to a certain kind of man: Titty McGee's Good-Time Haircuttin' Shop.
A little tongue-in-cheek, but mostly not.

Then I see today, by way of Lileks, that some Minnesota screwball who managed to get himself shot dead in a courtroom was similarly unenamored of euphemisms. He was a purveyor of pornography with a store called "Lookin’ Fine Smut and Porno." In the spirit of fairness, I've got to give credit where credit is due. No attempt whatsoever to put a refined face on that. And I love Lileks' own suggestion: "Smut and Nothin' But."


Blogger alex. said...

Reminds me of the drinking and gambling establishment that got sideways of the law. It was claimed that the business was a front for prostitution. There was no real evidence for the charge, just the direction sign on the building: "Liquor in the Front, Poker in the Rear".

6/25/2008 6:39 PM  

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