Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hooking Up?

It just occurred to me how vulgar that phrase is. And I don't even mean anything to do with the morality of casual sex. You can think whatever you want about that. I just mean the aesthetics of how the phrase sounds, and how it makes the act referred to sound.

A tryst
An affair
An amorous liaison

Those sound nice, like something exotic and mysterious. Even more recent ones sound kind of playful and fun at least -

making whoopie
gettin' jiggy wid it

But "hooking up"? Sounds like something I'd do with train cars, or with an ox-cart, something mechanical that I just need to get done as quickly and cheaply as possible. Yuck.


Blogger Matthew Baugh said...

Yeah, it is an awfully impersonal way of talking about doing the nasty (another pretty euphamism).

Taking the personal out of such a personal act is aesthetically unappealing. I suspect it's the root of the moral objections too. When a lover is treated as no more than a unit for a mechanical coupling there's some injustice there IMO.

12:57 PM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

I'm sure moral objections come from all different places - but I always find it interesting when the aesthetic element (which I think people agree on more often than the moral interpretation) tends to reinforce the moral aspect.

1:22 PM  

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