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Frigid

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:32 am
by Stevenloan
"Three couples marry and stay at the same hotel for their honeymoons, where they are taken care of by Dave the bellboy.
- The first man married a nurse. Dave thinks to himself, "Nurses are known to be hot to trot."
- The second man married a telephone operator. Dave thinks to himself, "Telephone operators have sexy voices."
- The third man married a school teacher. Dave thinks to himself, "Poor guy, teachers are frigid." "

- I've been learning English through jokes lately. I find them very useful and awesome. The joke above is quite long and I just post some parts. I checked the meaning of "frigid" and it has several meanings (thefreedictionary.com).

1. Extremely cold. See Synonyms at cold.
2. Lacking warmth of feeling.
3. Stiff and formal in manner: a frigid refusal to a request.
4. Persistently averse to sexual intercourse.

- What's the most appropriate meaning in this context?

Thanks a lot,

StevenLoan

Re: Frigid

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:41 am
by Erik_Kowal
4.

However, I don't get the joke. Jokes like this play on stereotypes, and as far as I know teachers are not stereotypically frigid. (Indeed, where I live there have been quite a few stories in the news about teachers who have been having sex with their underage students.)

On the other hand, you did say you had only posted part of the joke. Maybe the missing bits would make it funny.

Re: Frigid

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:33 am
by tony h
if in doubt, with a joke, the subject is always sex.

One joke you might like is :

Irish harpoonist enters Miss Wales contest.

it only really works as a spoken joke.

Re: Frigid

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:27 pm
by Wizard of Oz
.. Steve in my Uni days I can vouch for the fact that the Faculty of Education was always sensual hunting grounds with the girls being far from frigid !! ..

.. tony consider the slight variation that adds a double meaning >>

Greenpeace harpoonist enters Miss Wales contest.

WoZ wearing his "Save the Humpback Guppy" badge

Re: Frigid

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:53 pm
by PhilHunt
Teachers are most frigid on Frigga's day.

I always wondered if Frigid and Frig were in some way related to Frigga, the Germanic goddess of love, but I can't find a cognate-cousin in the etymological family tree, which seems strange to me.

Re: Frigid

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:24 pm
by Ken Greenwald
aaa
Steve, Here's a definition of ‘frigid’ from the Oxford English Dictionary:

FRIGID adjective: Wanting in sexual vigour; impotent. Now usually applied to women who are sexually unresponsive. [from Latin frīgid-us, from frīgēre to be cold, from frīgus cold]

And here’s a few quotes from archived sources:
< 2000 “I am a normal, red-blooded guy who happens to respect as well as love women, but I would have dumped her too because it seems to me she is frigid and has big hang-ups about sex which would have caused trouble for them in the future. - James Walker, Glasgow. Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), 22 April>

<2004 “Despite a heroic performance on their first night together, she was unable to climax. What were her options? Allow him to think she was frigid? Waste time by permitting him to hammer away fruitlessly for another two hours? Shatter his confidence? Or tell him she was on mind medication? ‘What did you do?"’ I asked her the next day. ‘Faked it,’ she replied.”—The Independent (London), 10 October>

<2006 “Often a man will tell a girl how amazing she is to get her to agree to sex, and if she resists he might claim that she is frigid or that all other girls have sex on their first date. Daily Mail (London), 23 July>
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Ken – November 14, 2012

Re: Frigid

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:43 pm
by zmjezhd
I always wondered if Frigid and Frig were in some way related to Frigga, the Germanic goddess of love, but I can't find a cognate-cousin in the etymological family tree, which seems strange to me.

Nope. Latin frigidus (ppl. of frigeo 'to be cold') is from PIE root *(s)rei- 'cold, frost', cf. Greek rhios 'frost' and Old Icelandic Frigg is from PIE *prija- 'wife; beloved'.

Re: Frigid

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:45 pm
by trolley
They have a frigid air about them.

Re: Frigid

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:52 am
by Erik_Kowal
I wonder whether we have enough frigging jokes in this forum?

Re: Frigid

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:57 pm
by PhilHunt
Frigging in the Forum,
There was *uck all else to do.