@eroticawriter retweeting @rantyeditor: Phrases that shouldn't be used as euphemisms for vagina: womanly gash, secret garden, love nest, pleasure pit.
I've been reading in romance and erotica for a long time, long enough to have my own personal list of Wince-Worthy Words (and Phrases). I'll just go on ahead and share:
Top 13 Squicky Sticky Words
-- creamy (as flesh; okay if you're talking about risotto)
-- cup (as a verb; the noun is fine)
-- knob (unless you're talking about a door or a stereo)
-- helmet (unless mentioning protective headwear)
-- weeping [genitals] (eek! get thee to a medical professional!)
-- grasping [female genitals]
-- sculpted [muscles/faces/etc]
-- satanic (as generally positive description of a man)
-- ministrations (perhaps my least favorite word of all time)
As an addendum, I contend that the phrase "to her very core" should be used chiefly when writing about sex among planets or apples.
Well, then. Yes, I do feel better now. Nice to get that out of my system.
How's about you? Got any terminology least-faves you'd like to ease off your brain before you dive into that next steamy novel? How about newfangled knock-your-socks off good phrasing that you've come across in your reading? Or, if you're a writer, have you turned one of these oldies-and-baddies into something fresh and new? If so, please share: my brain could use the happy of some well-done terminology.
In addition to being an avid reader, Viv writes erotica and erotic romance. This nibble has been cross-posted to her personal blog. Her erotic stories are available at Paper Bag Press.