Wednesday, March 12, 2008

All You've Got to Do is Calllll.....

Slate had an amusing piece on prostitution today, observing that the customers of the high-priced prostitution ring patronized by Eliot Spitzer weren't too picky about their prose. (Their pros, though, were a different matter.) They quote the site thus:

"When seeking an evening date, a weekend travel companion, or a friend to accompany you to your next business or social event, our Icon Models are paramount preference."
Paramount preference? Do they mean pair-of mounts? Did we just type that? So sorry. In our juvenile lather over this subject, we almost forgot to mention the dangling modifiers that open the sentence.

The whole dirty business did get us wondering about the difference between a prositute and a call-girl. The Oxford English Dictionary comes to our rescue, once again, explaining that a call-girl is a prostitute who makes appointments by telephone.

So it sesems we need a new term for one who is summoned by e-mail, text message, or Web form. iGirl? WWWgirl? Dot-ho?

Clearly, we'll have to give this some thought.

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