Friday, August 29, 2008

Questionable Content ?

Okay, this is weird but I don't know who to ask so I'll throw it out to you all. I need help with a somewhat ticklish bit of research and I know that there are some of you out there who are more familiar with this part of the world than I. You may even have a fourteen year old boy in your family.

I'm writing just now about Calven - the 14 year old boy Dorothy is taking care of -- and I need to know how he would refer (in his thoughts or around his peers) to his . . . ah . . . personal equipment. And while I'm not squeamish about language, I don't want to attract the 'wrong' sort of attention to this blog, so I'll go for the old missing letters ploy.

Would a 14 year old boy of today, of decidedly local (western North Carolina/east Tennessee) background (and, till recently, hanging around with bad company) talk about his p____r? Or his d__k? Or what?

The things a writer has to consider in search of authenticity!

Inquiring minds want to know. Or at least, this one does. Please email me rather than using the word in a reply.

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Pat in east TN said...

Well Vicki, neat pictures, as always, to go with your, aaaaah, 'interesting' question. LOL Although I am definitely out of it when it comes to this kind of stuff, I will ask Michael and if he has any answers I'll email you. He is sometimes asked to 'hang around' the local high school, so am sure he's gotten a earful on personal equipment!!!

Susan M. Bell said...

I'll pass this along to a friend who has a 16-year-old son. I have no kids, so wouldn't know much, but I can definitely understand where you're coming from. I have a couple characters I'm working on that I'm at a loss for how they would word certain things. Between people I've "met" on the internet, and those I know in the real world, I'm hoping to have it all covered.

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks, ladies! I had thought of going to the high school and asking but can you imagine how quickly they'd call the cops about a crazy white-haired old pervert propositioning young men?