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    penthouse?

    What does the American magazine "Penthouse" represent? It originally mean the top floor apartment in a high-rise building.

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    Re: penthouse?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What does the American magazine "Penthouse" represent(mean)? It originally mean the top floor apartment in a high-rise building.
    It is an adult porn magazine.
    I think 'penthouse' is used in figurative sense as the name of the magazine.
    The penthouse is the top unit of a highrise apartment building, which is the most spacious, luxurious unit with the best views. It signifies luxury, indulgence, having commanding views and being above everything else.

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    Re: penthouse?

    When Penthouse magazine was founded, it was intended to be upscale, appealing to men with expensive tastes. It was considered a "classy" men's magazine, with tasteful pictures of nude women. In the 1990s it changed ownership and became a hardcore porn magazine. The magazine's "Letters to Penthouse" column is often the subject of satire due to their sheer ridiculousness. (Most of the letters start out with "Dear Penthouse, I never thought this would happen to me..." and then devolve into some unlikely sexual scenario, like getting into an elevator at your office and then suddenly all the women in the car with you strip their clothes off.)

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