Why are some words “bad” or “vulgar”, and others good? Who makes the rules?  Is language, or rules about language, a tool of class control? How do you reconcile this with freedom of speech. Do variable standards exist for oral speech and written expression?

In this short, three-part book, I present my unpublished long essay, “What Do You Call It? An Opinionated Gentleman’s Guide”–which was written contemporaneously with my best-received novel, The Revised Kama Sutra, and explains the essay’s complete disregard of socially “acceptable” language, or the insanely repressed language of my childhood.

I consider it to be one of the funniest essays I have ever written; but it is framed between a historical discussion on linguistics issues, class, meaning, mind control, oppression, and human freedom; and a conclusion that reiterates main points and looks forward to a freer future.