When I was in school, back in the Old Silurian times, they hadn’t come up with the term “Public Display of Affection,” probably because we wouldn’t dare do such things in class. I remember the siblings discussing it, so it apparently filtered in during the 1970s. Truth be told, I’m not sure if my own negative reaction to the concept is based on some sort of devotion to order — or on sour grapes, inasmuch as I was never in a position to engage in such a thing myself.

Aw, heck, let’s put it as flatly as possible:

I’m not the prudiest prude who ever pruded, but seriously, it’s GROSS to be trying to teach and out of the corner of your eye see two people practically feeling each other up.

Especially two people who, if pressed, will argue that they’re actual adults despite their teenage-crush mutual fondle session.

And while I’ve seen “prude” turned into an adjective before, this is the first time I can remember seeing it verbed.


  1. backwoods conservative »

    13 February 2015 · 7:03 am

    That’s the first time I’ve seen “verb” used a verb.

  2. Don »

    13 February 2015 · 7:47 am

    See C&H.

  3. backwoods conservative »

    13 February 2015 · 8:34 am

    James J. Kilpatrick advised against Calvin’s approach. I agree.

  4. Tatyana »

    13 February 2015 · 12:01 pm

    Funny, just recently I read some dunderhead’s article, comparing various cities on criteria of PDA. If you see it in the Metro or middle of a bridge, and public doesn’t bat an eye – hurrah, this city is liberated/progressive/democratic &&&. If poor little lovers have to hide into far corners of a park bench: booo, we don’t want to move there.
    Let me tell you: if I could find city like that, I’ll move in a flash.

  5. fillyjonk »

    13 February 2015 · 12:18 pm

    “Liberated”? They mean “libertine.”

    I don’t care what consenting adults do….I just don’t want to have to watch it. Especially when I am working and they are in the same room with me.

  6. Tatyana »

    13 February 2015 · 5:19 pm

    …or in the same subway car and I am trapped and have nowhere to go

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