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Jim DeRogatis is pop-music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times. Heâ€™s written several rock â€˜nâ€™ roll books, and is a host of Sound Opinions.
In an article titled â€œSongs About Sex,â€ a compilation of 40 such songs, DeRogatis lists â€œRoamâ€ from the B52â€™s. He says, â€œâ€¦and only these New Wave art-popsters could pen one about analingus.â€
This isnâ€™t the first time DeRogatis has made this claim. In a June 19, 2008 article regarding Lil Wayneâ€™s Tha Carter III, he says, â€œâ€¦some of the greatest hits in pop history have paid subtly veiled homage to oral sex, â€˜Please Please Me,â€™ â€˜Sugar, Sugarâ€™ and the B-52sâ€™ â€˜Roamâ€™ among them.â€*
Upon reading this for the first time, I loudly exclaimed, â€œAnal-oral sexual contact in a catchy pop song? I donâ€™t freakinâ€™ believe it!â€ The elderly woman sitting next to me at the bus stop made a strangled gurgling sound and fainted. In my excitement, I performed anilingus on her while she was unconscious. Continue reading The Case for Anilingus in The B52â€™s â€œRoamâ€
I use both spellings of the word here and I donâ€™t think I can justify correcting â€œanalingus.â€ A Google search for both terms favors the â€œanalingusâ€ spelling, roughly 3,000,000 to 1,000,000. Merriam-Webster, American Heritage, and Random House dictionaries all favor the â€œanilingusâ€ spelling.*
“Of course the expression consists of two separate words, all right; there is no compound. And yet educated persons sometimes catch themselves writing alright, after the fashion of already.”
–Editor, Good literature: a literary eclectic weekly: Volume 3, p. 281, 1882
“Sometimes she had fits of home-sickness or loneliness which depressed her, but as she used to say, on the whole she got on alright.”
–Francis Adams, “Dorothy,” from, The Centennial Magazine: an Australian Monthly, Volume 2, p. 580, 1889 Continue reading “Alright” and “All right”