A word a month – Dildo

dildo

From the dictionary of unusual sex:

Dildo – An artificial phallus. The name is a misspelling of the late latin word dilecto, meaning ‘pleasure’ or ‘toy’, and while there is no standard use for this word it usually refers to stylized and non-realistic items, without vibrating mechanisms or other weird features. Even if archeologists keep exhibiting them in museums with patently wrong labels such as ‘votive item’ or ‘spear handle’, it is evident how humans sculpted sexual toys already in the stone age. In the Ancient Chinese Sexual Culture Museum in Tongli, near Shanghai, a 6.000 years old green jade dildo can be seen, removing the last doubts on the antiquity of such items. The Bible talks about gold and silver phalluses in Ezekiel 16:17, while in the third century b.C. the Greek town of Miletus founded its entire economy on the manufacturing of olisboi, wooden penises covered with leather.

Modern dildos are literally available in every possible size and material, including monsters with a 5 inches diameter and versions in surgical steel, obsidian, pyrex, >cyberskin and more. In 2007, the discovery that many Pvc and gel models contained phthalates, which are potentially carcinogenic compounds if they touch mucous membranes, drove to the mass recalling of millions of dildos worldwide.

One for the curious: Canada has a nice town called Dildo, which however has nothing to do with fake cocks and has in fact tried many times to change its name to improve its image of target of countless naughty jokes.

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This was one of the over 1.500 entries from Ayzad’s book XXX – Il dizionario del sesso insolito, which unfortunately is not available in English yet. If you can read Italian, you can buy it here.

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