September 17, 2008

Dirty Words: Arnophilia

I've been making sure to drop the word "arnophilia" into casual conversation as often as possible. Looking it up, now, it might be that the only use of this word in literature was from the place I got it, this big book we're reading:

[...]brothels dedicated to a wide range of preferences, including arnophilia, or an unaccustomed interest in sheep, some of the ovine nymphs in these establishments being quite appealing indeed, even to folks who might not wholeheartedly share the taste, with fleeces dyed in a variety of fashionable colors, including the perennial favorites aquamarine and mauve, or wearing items of feminine—not to mention masculine—attire[...]

-Thomas Pynchon, Against The Day, pg. 211.
Wiktionary quotes this under "arno-", & sites only this quote for only this word. I challenge the blogosphere to find early uses of this word (or any variant) elsewhere in literature. (Is it in the OED?) The Against the Day Wiki claims the word was invented by Pynchon, (& they can't resist slipping in one pretty good old joke.)

From a chat with Mr Quill,
Thu, Sep 11, 2008:
11:29 AM me: [...]She's a fine figure.
She gave me a little of the sheep's-milk cheese last night, if you know what I mean.
11:33 AM J____ Quill: what do you mean?
me: what do you mean?
J____ Quill: are you implying something sexual via sheep's milk?
cuz that's weird
11:34 AM me: When were you so prudish?
J____ Quill: it's not prudish
it's sheep's milk
me: Isn't there arnophilia in Bulgarious?
J____ Quill: loads
Call for submission for arnophiliac jokes.
There's one website of sheep jokes here.



Brains said...

Your exchange with Quill is priceless. We laughed hard.

Gene said...

That pic is priceless. oh Woody..