Prurient


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Defined:  1. Inordinately interested in matters of sex; lascivious.  2.b. appealing to an inordinate interest in sex.  ADJECTIVE  (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language,)

Well, quite recently, this fits Miley Cyrus’ performance on MTV’s awards show. Let’s test it.

“Appealing to sexual desire,” according to Merriam-Webster.com‘s definition of prurient.  Check.  Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged defines prurient as “exciting or encouraging lustfulness”.  Check.  The Collins dictionary also defines prurient in psychological terms as “unusually or morbidly interested in sexual thoughts or practices”.  Check again.  But this time maybe the term applies to the audience.

To be honest, my first thought when this performance appeared on the news channels the next day was why this guy was dressed up like Beetlejuice.  (I had to Google Robin Thicke.) My next thought was “What the heck is the issue here?” Oh, right!  This was Hannah Montana

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