The euphemisms news reporters use when a sports figure injures his penis and testicles
In a recent high-stakes basketball match between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warrior player Draymond Green kicked Thunder player Steven Adams directly in the penis and testicles.
This meant that the sports press had write about penises and testicles more than they are accustomed to, and many chose not to use the correct words, opting instead for a euphemism, most commonly “groin.” But there’s a long tail of genitalia in sporting euphemisms for the old meat-n-two-veg, and on Five Thirty-Eight, Kyle Wagner helpfully tallies their popularity, from “below the belt” all the way to “nether region” and beyond.
In 96 articles, totaling a little more than 50,000 words, “groin” was used 148 times across headlines, body and photo captions. Of course, in sports, groin injuries can mean something very different from your basic knee to the crotch.
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Published: Wed May 25 2016 09:23:31 GMT-0400 (EDT)