Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at Mocambo because of her race. Then, one of Ella’s biggest fans made a telephone call that quite possibly changed the path of her career for good. Here, Ella tells the story of how Marilyn Monroe changed her life:
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt… she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”
According to Mohr, a cuss word is defined by its impact:
Along with grammatical flexibility, this figurativeness is the hallmark of a fully obscene word, a word used not as a literal descriptor but to shock, offend, or otherwise carry emotion — a swearword.
Some of the popular curse words and phrases from Mohr’s excerpt include the following:
“Arse-opener,” “arse-wedge,” “beard-splitter,” ”chinkstopper,”and ”plugtail” were used to describe the act of ”splitting the woman’s anatomy” or “plugging a hole.”
“Bloody” was one of the most popular swear words of the time, but it’s hard to pinpoint its exact origins. It’s assumed that it’s derived from “the adjective bloody as in ‘covered in blood’ or, as the OED proposes, it referred to the habits of aristocratic rabble-rousers at the end of the 17th century, who styled themselves ‘bloods.’”
“Breasts,” “bubbies,” and ”diddeys,” were common words for boobs; ”bushelbubby” specifically referred to a woman with large breasts. “Tit” didn’t catch on until the early 20th century as a variation of ”teat” which was used in the Middle Ages.
“Bugger” referred to a person giving anal penetration.
“Burning shame” was a term that meant “a lighted candle stuck into the parts of a woman, certainly not intended by nature for a candlestick.”
“Burnt-Arsed whore” was used during the Renaissance and literally meant “infected with venereal disease.”
“Fartleberry” is the early version of the modern “dingleberry,” which refers to the fecal matter that hangs from hairs around the butt-hole.
“Gamahuche” meant “mouth on genitals” for both cunnilingus and fellatio.
“Godemiche” was a word imported from France meaning “dildo.”
“Larking” could have meant blow job or the act of “having sex with the man’s penis between the woman’s breasts.”
“Lobcock” referred to a large, “dull, inanimate” penis and “pego” was a popular word for dick.
“Monosyllable,” “quim,” “pussy,” “madge,” and “a woman’s commodity” were all names for vagina.
“Nackle-ass” was an adjective that meant “poor, mean, inferior, paltry: applied as a term of contempt to both persons and things indifferently.”
“Rantallion” referred to a scrotum that sags lower than the shaft of a man’s penis.
Slang for sexual intercourse included: “roger,” “screw,” and “have your greens.”
“Tip the velvet” originally meant “french kiss,” but after a hundred years passed, it also referred to the act of preforming cunnilingus.
If you think abortions ok, remember what Horton says.
Awkward. Dr. Seuss and his wife were really liberal and pro-choice. They’ve even threatened to sue pro-life organizations for using this quote the wrong way (the way you’re doing it actually). I guess you didn’t already know that Horton Hears a Who is about the American occupation of Japan post-WWII. He even dedicated it to his dear Japanese friend.
Mrs. Geisel (Mrs. Seuss) continued donating to Planned Parenthood and advocating for reproductive health and rights after her husband died.
I would license the quote, and any others, and then funnel the royalties to reproductive health orgs…
“A villain must be a thing of power, handled with delicacy and grace. He must be wicked enough to excite our aversion, strong enough to arouse our fear, human enough to awaken some transient gleam of sympathy. We must triumph in his downfall, yet not barbarously nor with contempt, and the close of his career must be in harmony with all its previous development.”