Just to Show Ogged I’m No Prude

And also because the wisdom contained therein is pretty damned good: Fontana Labs’s advice for new grad students. Even if it does contain the word “fellatio.”

Worse yet, even if it does use the word “fellatio” as a noun, with the definite article. As in “a fellatio.”

Something about that really weirds me out. But go read it anyway.


  1. I kinda assumed there was an in-joke in there, given that nobody jumped on it. I was just surprised by how much that little “a” skeeved me.

  2. Ah, don’t give me grief. I’ve been up to my eyeballs in writing lectures and reports. Yes I got the definite and indefinite wrong, and yes, the damned thing is always a noun. Just not usually countable; more a principle.

    So there.

  3. ps–just in case anyone mistakenly thought there were only the definite and indefinite articles, think again: a good 1/3 of my research is wrapped up in the phenomenon of the “weak definite” article, also called the “indefinite definite.” my mom’s response to this was “gee, sweetie, and i had thought psycholinguistics and cognitive science was something INTERESTING.”

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