Words; Merkin, n.
Monday 12 October 1998
Her book of essays ("intellect as art form, insight as drama, and original thinking as great entertainment", said Woody Allen) ranges from a meditation on the Holocaust to a piece about the quest to find a man to spank her satisfactorily.
This is, then, a case in which the author's name is fitting, as in Restoration comedy, for it brings to mind a word overlooked by Johnson's Dictionary but in use before and since. Others of us would balk at mentioning it, but the tenor of Ms Merkin's book suggests that she would happily admit to any need for a pubic wig.
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