Goddess of What?! Fun Vocab

Venus Cloacina or Venus of the Sewer, has appeared on this blog before.

CRRO refs to different types with relevant reverse.

 

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This specimen got me thinking in a prurient way about what fun it might be to explore ancient uses of cloaca and its modern usages.

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I’ve an immoderate interest in chicken sex which is called the cloacal kiss.

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I blame my interest on the bad influence of Roman intaglios which regularly show this act (which the intertubes tell me are pretty realistic representations):

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In anatomy cloaca means one hole out of which everything comes, both digestive waste and reproductive products….

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Which leads to this relatively common non-normative anatomical development that is usually corrected by surgery in humans:

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What Greek and Latin Roots student wouldn’t want this lesson?!

I thank a colleague on twitter for adding this comicto my list of modern uses of the term.

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