The word “Penis” is a bit crap, it sounds stupid, and I think most of us males tend to avoid the term.
“Cock” is a far better word, and according to the dictionary, probably quite acceptable, although not, as yet, an official description… it’s still considered slang, and vulgar slang at that, I don’t think it should be… but I’ll get to that later.
The dictionary says that a cock is a small spout for water, and when you think of it, that’s a very good description of it.
“Cock” is also a word used to describe a male, generally a bird, although it has been used to describe a Stallion, and here is a fine example of that:
Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a white horse
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music wherever she goes
Now, about the slang.
You may know that it wasn’t all that long ago that people refrained from saying “Fart” as it tended to be a vulgar term, but over the last thirty years or so, it has become a standard term for stomach gas, or the act of expelling it. I have heard doctors talk about farting, generally not their own farting, usually someone elses.
But it’s a good word, don’t you agree?
The word *sounds* right, for what it represents, ones anus can almost pronounce the word on it’s own at times.
So these days it’s more acceptable to say “When I fart”, rather than “When I produce wind”.
I think “Cock” should definitely go the same way.
Words do have a habit of being born as slang, or as vulgar, then turning into a “normal” word over the years, and words ca also go the other way.
Using “Tart” to describe a Woman, was once a lovely term, suggesting that a Woman was sweet, like a tart (jam tart or small cake)… But has since taken on quite an unpleasant meaning.
I think that words, used more frequently lose “power” over the years, and those hidden away in closets tend to become worse. Harry Potter fans would be familiar with “He who shall not be named” which is what people called Voldemort, and this habit caused people to fear Voldemort even more… While of course Harry simply called Voldemort by his name.
Cancer was similar to that, People many years ago feared it and wouldn’t discuss it with others, it was as though the person with cancer had done something shameful. Of course having cancer is bad enough, without asocial stigma on top of it. Thankfully people talk about cancer these days, which helps everyone deal with it.
I also feel the “N-Word” needs to be said, in order to remove its power, but you note that I didn’t write it, because some of you would be offended… but note this, you still heard it in your mind, didn’t you?
What is the point of writing F***? You heard that in your mind too, right? (although I really thought “Fish” when I typed it).
There’s a word whose vulgarity will probably fail soon too, in fact it’s used so much these days, it makes me wonder why people are still upset about it.
Oh yes, we have to consider context too, naturally.
But getting back to my argument, I think we should embrace “Cock” as a perfectly normal, correct word.
* The bit about the Fish was a dreadful lie, Sorry.
And a link to that poem about the lady going to Banbury, because it’s interesting.