Bald-headed Hermit And the Artichoke: An Erotic Thesaurus

9780756790561: Bald-headed Hermit And the Artichoke: An Erotic Thesaurus

In many cultures, sexuality has been a taboo topic for centuries; we are obsessed by it, repulsed by it, & endlessly fascinated by it. As a result, thousands of sex-related phrases & words in the English language -- ranging from the polite & the poetic to the explicit & the offensive -- have been invented over the years. This is a unique guide to the lingo of sex, compiling over 15,000 terms relating to all aspects of human sexuality, from breasts & penises to fetishes, paraphernalia, & specific erotic practices. Taken from American, British, & Canadian sources, they offer varied & imaginative interpretations of sexual experience that are alternately literary, humorous, & shocking, while providing insight into how western culture views sexual pleasure. Illus.

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About the Author:

Allan Peterkin grew up in Winnipeg and completed degrees in literature and medicine. He is a writer and doctor now living in Toronto.


A progressive thesaurus that demystifies the language of sex.
—Quill & Quire (Quill & Quire)

. . . an eye-opening read. . .
The Toronto Sun (Toronto Sun)

The Erotic Thesaurus is a must for porn writers and journalists. . .
—The National Post (National Post)

Aside from being both entertaining and very funny, The Bald-Headed Hermit and the Artichoke is extremely well researched and written.
—Hustler (Hustler)

. . . by turns hilarious, shocking, and lewd. It's guaranteed to raise a blush to even the least maidenly cheek. . .
—Xtra West (Xtra West)

. . . quite an impressive collection. . .
—January Magazine (January Magazine)

. . . a handy thesaurus of titillating terms, many of which provide for a spanking (er, the hand-on-the-knee variety) good chuckle.
—Calgary Straight (Calgary Straight)

Roget's it ain't. . . this 154-page book now gets a permanent place in my reference library.
—Vancouver Province (The Province)

Both culturally significant and thoroughly outrageous. . .
—Martlett (Martlett)

. . . a fun romp through the world of sexual lingo. . .
—Lavendar Rhinocerous (Lavendar Rhinocerous)

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