Feb 152010

Purlicue. This isn’t quite a body part, it’s more a gap in body parts. It’s the space between your thumb and extended forefinger – it’s the L that indicates your left hand. It can also mean “a curl or flourish in writing.”

This is an absolutely crucial body “part” in the context of hand jobs and fellatio. That space right there? There’s magic there. The curl of your fingers around it, the flourish of your wrist, can turn that empty space into an adytum, the innermost sanctum of worship. Subtle changes in pressure, shape, movement, or lubrication can drastically alter the penis-owner’s experience, giving you unlimited variety and control over your partner’s arousal. Master the artistry of the purlicue, my friend, and you’ve mastered the cock.

Purlicue. You’re never gonna forget now, are you?

God how I love the English language. :)

PS – 5 points, children, if you can remember last week’s word without going back to look!

Emily Nagoski

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  1. was is ala, or alar? there’s the process of the maxillary skull bone called an alar process, which is wing shaped. it provides an attachment site for (i think) the medial pterygoid muscle which plays into TMJ issues.

    I lose 2 pts for having no idea what the context of said word was….

    • You lose some points for lacking context, but compensatory additional points for being Quite Interesting! It was indeed ala, the wing of the nostril.

  2. w/o looking it up, can you cite the anatomical term for the “divot” under your nose? :)

    • I can, and in fact it’s next week’s word. I use it when I teach yoga and meditation – my friend Patrick told me to tell people to think about breathing through their philtrums.

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