The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 April 2006

Mimi screams, or so I hear

Romance writer Dee Tenorio is looking for synonyms:

"Have you ever screamed in pleasure?"

Not your typical question and I had to really think about it. I don't think I have. I don't think anyone has, outside of films. To me, a scream is a full-throated belting out of sound and air. If I'm in that much pleasure, I have to say ... I've got better things to do than scream.

This isn't to claim that a heroine can't get noisy. By all means, share your joy with the world, but isn't there a better word to use for it? Isn't "screaming with pleasure" just another kind of wandering body part, a phrase we use for shortcut instead of creating real prose and working for our heroine's good time?

I'm afraid I'm going to be no help here, since the reaction with which I am most familiar is "stared in disbelief," and not in a good way, either.

Posted at 7:39 AM to Table for One


I think "squealed with delight" might be as close as I've gotten. The screaming with pleasure tends to be done in silence.

Posted by: Jennifer at 8:28 AM on 28 April 2006

I dunno, I've heard some very robust orgasmic paroxysms uttered from myself and me mate....inhuman sexual prowess don't you know..

Posted by: paulsmos at 8:45 AM on 28 April 2006

Robust paroxysms, yes -- but full-throated screams? No.

That requires a deep breath, and generally speaking that isn't possible under the circumstances.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:07 AM on 28 April 2006

I am reminded of a joke.

A Frenchman, an Italian, and and elderly Jew are bragging about their sexual prowess.

The Frenchman says, "Why, just yesterday, I undressed my wife, rubbed her lovingly all over with cocoa butter, and made such passionate love to her that she screamed in ecstasy for ten minutes."

The Italian says, "That's nothing. I undressed my wife, laved her from head to toe with extra-virgin olive oil, and made such passionate love to her that she screamed with pleasure for THIRTY minutes."

While the Frenchman looks dubious, the old Jew merely chuckles and says, "You guys are pikers. I undressed my wife, massaged her with fresh schmaltz, and when we'd made love she screamed for SIX HOURS STRAIGHT."

The Frenchman and the Italian are stunned. "What did you do to make her scream for so long?" the Frenchman asks.

The old Jew shrugs. "I wiped my hands on the drapes."

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 5:23 AM on 29 April 2006