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Bathroom" reaches its euphemistic height in connection with visits to the bathless bathrooms of public buildings. From a column of advice for those fortunate few who had tickets to attend the King Tut exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art: "Be prepared not to have to go to the bathroom, since once you leave the exhibit you can't get back in . " (Brooklyn [NY] Phoenix, 1/11/79). See also TOILET. bd (also B&D or B/D). Bondage and discipline, in classified ads of a very personal nature.
Bosom aka bazoom. The breasts. Technically, only the singular is required: "Bosom I saw, both full, throat warbling" Games Joyce, Ulysses, 1922). Modern euphemizers, however, perhaps less certain than Joyce of what they are doing, tend to double their bets with the plural, as in: "What you react to, first, are the artsy drawings, in color, of a man (well-hung) and a woman (slender but with bosoms) going through a 30-page sexual exhibition" (review of The Joy of Sex, New Times, 2/22/74). An extremely old word of uncertain origin (perhaps related to the Sanskrit bhasman, blowing), "bosom" has signified "breast" since at least the year 1000.
Bonding. " . people associated with infants inevitably find themselves drawn into answering their signals and providing for their needs. Given 36 bosom attraction, attachment soon follows. And, with further intimacy, attachment develops into affection. ' Its perennial affection is love. (Janet Flannery Jackson and Joseph Jackson, Injant Culture, 1978) bordello. Literally, a little house, such as a cabin or hut, but in practice a fancy name for a whorehouse. See also HOUSE. bosom aka bazoom. The breasts.
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