Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Wow, a lot of people clicked on the page link to the Eudeamon post, I bet it's because its such an unusual word that people were curious what it was, perhaps I should title more of my posts with obscure Greek words and see how that drives traffic. Hmmm, I think I already did :)

To explain the word above, lesbiazo, if you guessed it had to do with the Isle of Lesbos, you are correct. However, unlike what you may think, the Ancient Greeks did not associate that Isle with female homoeroticism, but instead with using the lips to induce pleasure during sex, specifically, the act of fellatio. So, that word above, contrary to what you may have first thought, is in fact the Greek word for blowjob.

The Ancient Greeks also referred to blowjobs as "playing the flute", a tradition that I've still heard today. Who said the Greeks only gave us useless things like math, philosophy, medicine, drama, humor, natural science, and engineering - more importantly they gave us crucial slang for sex.


October Hush said...

Lisps? Crap, I've been doing it wrong and nobody told me!

Tiessa said...

If you've been using a lisp, then you are definitely doing it wrong ;)

Sophrosyne Stenvaag said...

*adds her obscure-Greek-worded self*

I'm definitely going to remember that - thanks!

Kasumi Rieko said...

I think you forgot to add the fact that they also gave us Gyros... Just one more thing for us to get our lips around.

Tiessa said...

And olives, I love sucking on olives...

@Sophrosyne: I actually had to look your name up, it sounded familiar, but I couldn't place it. Wikipedia to the rescue.

I like the final line:
Plato's Symposium could accurately be subtitled "On Sophrosyne," and his character Socrates is sophrosyne exemplified.
Socrates, as seen through Plato's eyes, is still one of the most enjoyable things to read. Emulating him or espousing a philosophy similar to his is wonderful.

The "self-control", "virginity", and "purity" bits nearly through me off though :)

Sophrosyne Stenvaag said...


I have a very low opinion of irony, but sometimes you just can't outrun it!

Botgirl Questi said...

I wonder whether there's also some connection to the greek word "biazo":

1. to use force, to apply force
2. to force, inflict violence on