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In the nineteenth century, even farmers used alter, as well as the similarly bland change and arrange, in preference to "castrate. " See also BILATERAL ORCHIDECTOMY. altogether. Naked,- in one's BIRTHDAY SUIT. "Altogether" is an example of Reverse English, its euphemistic meaning, "without clothes," being almost precisely opposite its formal dictionary definition, "Completely . . With everything included, all told. " See also NUDE. ambidextrous. The dexterity is sexual, both hetero- and homo-.
For example, from the account of a National Football League player, who later came all the way out of the closet: "'Bisexual' is a term Stiles and I would use about ourselves at that time. . That is a way of putting it, I guess, that's intended to make it more acceptable, maybe even to other football players. The word 'bisexual' also fits the swinger's image— and most everybody can go along with that" (David Kopay and Perry Deane Young, The David Kopay Story, 1977). This usage is not at all new.
33 black black. More a state of mind than a color, "black" applies to any of an infinite variety of skin hues, ranging from an off-white that is whiter than the skin of many so-called whites, to a black that is, indeed, magnificently black. The stretching of "black" to cover such a wide spectrum has caused a great deal of confusion in the minds of a great many people, including those who staff the U. S. Census Bureau. " . . If you write in "Oriental," you are considered Japanese. But if you write in "Yellow, " you are classified as "Other.