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    Why does 'blanket hornpipe' refer to have sex? Thanks!

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    Default Re: blanket hornpipe

    One of the most popular and successful types of humor is referring to something taboo by very indirect, almost polite terms. This was noticed by Cicero:

    Haec enim ridentur vel sola vel maxime quae notant et designant turpitudinem aliquam non turpiter.

    So, a hornpipe is a sailor's song and dance, and doing this under a blanket sounds rather cute and almost polite, and the reader is struck by the comical antithesis between the form and content of the expression -- one respects social graces and the other does not.

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    Hello konungursvia,

    Thank you for your reply. What does the Latin words of Cicero's mean?

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    Default Re: blanket hornpipe

    "What amuses people to the maximum level is a turpitude disclosed in terms that are not themselves vulgar." It's from De Oratore.

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    Thank you for your reply.

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