I can hardly write this word without feeling the urge to cover it in plain brown paper, lest someone be shocked by its appearance. But, dear reader, I won’t hold you in suspense like the contrived drama on some reality show. The word is:
salacious (adjective) : relating to sex in a way that is excessive or offensive
Even mouthing it can capture the attention of someone clear across the room.
I dare you—test it.
Saying aloud makes the lips move seductively and the tongue undulate quite wickedly. And so much more satisfying than merely dirty. It sounds and feels like the mood it hopes to capture.
One of my many pastimes is watching old movies—especially with Betty Grable. When I think of the word salacious one movie in particular comes to mind—The Shocking Miss Pilgrim. The story is set in late 1800s Boston and revolves around Betty Grable being the first female employee in a shipping office. Because of the scandal, she is forced to take rooms with a group of misfits. One of the lodgers was a woman who is rewriting the dictionary to make the words better reflect modern life (a kindred spirit). In illustration she refers to Miss Pilgrim’s generously filled oblong purse as ballooned instead of full because the double O makes the mouth mimic the shape.
I wonder what she would have said about salacious?
It has so many of the same letters as scandalous that it’s a wonder it isn’t seen more often in tabloids. As much as the public seems to hunger for any hint of sex, the word should be positively old hat. But it’s not. I can’t even find a good quote using the term. Perhaps they are too salacious to publish.
Are words naughty or are we? Wicked Wednesdays are the time to consider it.