Concubine: (n) a mistress.
Although we’re often critical of our ancestors and former times which seemed to be plagued by ignorance, you occasionally have to stop and give props to our forefathers, who were able to come up with very intriguing words to describe their iniquity.
Finding “whore, prostitute” and even “mistress” to be somewhat distasteful, one of them decided to start inserting the word “concubine” to
describe an extra-marital relationship. It conjures in the mind an image of a porcupine and a large shell from the beach.
How could that be anything but fascinating?
Matter of fact, they may be onto something. I’m musing over some possible words or phrases that could be inserted to cover a multitude of sins.
Stealing, for instance. It could be changed to “undeclared investment supply.”
Sloth: a sabbatical (Someone beat me to that one.)
Lust: romanticizing (Sounds like what a novelist does.)
Murder: population control
Bigotry: culture discovery
As you can see, the possibilities are nearly endless for creating rational words to disguise our often-irrational behavior.
(click the elephant to see what he’s reading!)