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The Correct Words are “Flesh Tunnel”

To use the right words, you’ve got to know what are the right words.

Most recent case in point: I heard on the radio (Heidi and Frank, incidentally) that plastic surgeons are receiving many clients who want work done on their earlobes. These people, usually when they were younger, stretched out the lobes with metal or plastic hoops or spools. Now, usually because they either are interviewing for a new job or are in a relationship with someone who doesn’t like it, they want their lobes fixed.

The hole they created is called a flesh tunnel, and they aren’t new. You probably have seen pictures of Africans in National Geographic wearing such things, often made of bone or stone. Many ancient peoples, including the Harappans (ancient Pakistanis) and Egyptians wore them, as did other African and Totonac (Mexican) people before the West adopted it.

Some might think that flesh tunnel refers to another part of the body. Get your mind out of the gutter.

Until next time! Use the right words!

October 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do You Live in a “Compound”?

The National Geographic Channel airs wonderful multi-part documentaries about a decade. The 80s were great, and now I’m watching the three-part “The 90s: The Last Great Decade?”

The second part began with the siege on the Branch Davidian compound outside Waco, Texas, that ended April 19, 1993, with the deaths of numerous Branch Davidian men, women and children, including their leader, David Koresh.

As we watched video of the flames engulfing the compound, my wife asked me, “Do we live in a compound?”

We live in a condominium complex. Is that a compound? I didn’t know, so I looked it up.

Compound, in this case, means “a fenced or walled-in area containing a group of buildings and especially residences.”

Three walls surround our complex. The fourth side, facing the street, is open to people entering by car through two driveways or by foot between the buildings.

So, we do not live in a compound. Do you?

Until next time! Use the right words!

July 8, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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