by Giselle Renarde
If readers assessed me based solely on my posts here at Oh Get A Grip, I'm not sure they'd realize what dirty, filthy smut I write. I don't tend to talk about erotica here, do I?
But today I will. Today I'll delve into the nitty gritty of word choice in erotic fiction. Lisabet already talked cocks (pricks, actually) earlier in the week. I'm more interested in cum. Or come? Jizz. Ejaculate.
Maybe I should clarify: cum is not a personal interest of mine. I'm just talking about words, here. When I saw the topic "Dirty Words I've Taught the Computer," I didn't think I'd taught my computer anything. I'd planned on talking about how writing erotica professionally made me a better person, but I've written that post a billion times times already already. So when I was tip-tap-typing away this week and the autocorrect turned "jizz" into "jazz" I was like... EUREKA!
Am I the only person who uses this word? I remember reading a post on Alison Tyler's blog that said something along the lines of "Don't send me submissions containing the word jizz." Why not? I like it. Reminds me of Jiz Lee, who is soooo cool and smart and stuff. Gush, gush, gush.
Are there connotations I'm missing? I like the way it sounds. Jizz, like fizz. Is that gross? It's got a streamy, streaking feeling to it.
This is my go-to word for describing ejaculate as a noun. The rule I go by is cum as a noun, come as a verb. Turns out a lot of anthology editors and publishing houses don't share this rule. Come is always come. Many of my cums become comes, but that's okay. I'm not married to cum.
Wow, you've drained me. What other synonyms do I use? Oh, "cream" sometimes. "Hot cream." I don't tend to go on and on about cum, but it's best to have a solid vocabulary.
In the interest of building my sexual word-power, I asked my girlfriend to shoot me a couple words for cum. Here's her response: