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Morton Bast

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What metaphors for sex are used in your country?

In his talk, sexuality educator Al Vernacchio laments the flawed metaphor that many Americans use to talk about sex: baseball. Instead of this regulated and competitive framework, he suggest that we think about sex like pizza -- a communicative and collaborative experience.

The baseball metaphor is indeed very common in the US. So I wondered, what metaphors for sex are commonly used in other countries or in other languages? Are there Americans, too, who grew up with a different metaphor? And what else besides pizza would be a helpful new one?

Share some funny or interesting euphemisms for sex from your own culture!

Topics: culture metaphor sex

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    Jul 15 2013: Metafora qe perdoret per sexin ne Shqiperi,nuk eshte ajo me lojen Golf,mbasi i afrohet shume pak golfit,paversisht vrimes ku hyn topi...metafora shqiptare per seksein eshte ajo e nje Motorri me djegje te brendshme...
    Kur arrin orgazma ,nis e punon ventilatori dhe shuan epshin...
    Leon Qafzezi
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      Jul 15 2013: This is from Google Translate. Because the translation is mechanical/computerized it is a bit wooden. But if the internet gives us the opportunity to translate, why shouldn't we use it.

      "Sexi metaphor used for Albania, is not she play golf when approaching little golf hole irrespective of where the ball goes ... Albanian metaphor for seksein is that it is an internal combustion engine ...
      When you reach orgasm, left the fan works and extinguishes lust ...
      Leon Qafzezi"

      If a TEDtranslator takes a crack at this one and cleans up the poor grammar delivered by "Google Translate" -- I shall be delighted to delete this post. But again, thanks to the miracle of "Google," I can get a good sense of what was said here via translation - & I'll take that over total ignorance any day!

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