from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The external sac of skin enclosing the testes in most mammals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The bag of skin and muscle that contains the testicles in mammals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The bag or pouch which contains the testicles; the cod.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The purse-like tegumentary investment of the testes and part of the spermatic cord; the cod.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the external pouch that contains the testes
Banning a book because of the word scrotum is ridiculous.
If your 10 and 12-year-olds don't know what a scrotum is and librarians and teachers want to keep it that way, America, you have a problem.
I was greatly amused by the statement the word scrotum is not used in polite conversation ... excuse me, but if, for example, my husband had testicular cancer or some other cancer in the scrotal area, scrotum would indeed be a matter and a word used in polite conversation ... and if a dog got bit on the scrotum in front of children, then use the word in front of them or anyone else.
Because surely worse that using the word scrotum, is that some poor dog got a bite on one of his.
My guess is any book that so honors the word scrotum, which isn't really a nice sounding word at all no matter its meaning, is a sort of book any normal child wouldn't read.
Though I have to say, I tried to explain "scrotum" to my daughter the way it was explained at the end of the book (my daughter had questions about the cat which was to be neutered) and my husband laughed so hard he couldn't catch his breath.
I mean, at least "scrotum" is the proper anatomical term.
IMO, the word "scrotum" is a more elevated term than others the author might have used: nutsack applesack ballsack
When he could have been practicing his Shaolin scrotum lock
Is a book which contains the word scrotum appropriate for 9-12 year olds?