As a steamy, contemporary romance author, I enjoy reading and writing sex scenes. So, I’m all always on the hunt for new ways to describe body parts and the things done to them.
Recently I realized I do not find the word lave sexy. It sounds like a woodworking term. I’m not sure I want my nipple, or any other part of me, laved (Ouch!).
I’ve tried using it in my stories, and it just doesn’t work for me. It’s not quite throw-up-a-little- in-the-back-of-my-mouth icky, but it is a turn off.
When I posted my thoughts on lave on Twitter, other writer Tweeps chimed in with:
I don’t mind the first three, but member is definitely on my “no can do” list, turgid or otherwise. And I’m on the fence about boobs. To each his/her own, of course.
Are there words that bother you in sex scenes? Ones that are your favorites? Please do leave your comments below.
(This post started as a simple Twitter comment, and took on a—very funny, if somewhat juvenile—life of its own.) Read the original Twitter thread here. And be sure to follow me once you’re there.