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Feb092012

"What do I Crave?" Contest Winner!

We had roughly 68 really thoughtful entries which made our job of selecting just one rather difficult.  If you have not had a chance, you might want to read through all the entries in the comment section here.  The winning entry from Alexis was in the context of a longer post on the origin of the word "Crave" which we wanted to include here as well.

"As a grammatically-interested uncraven craver, I must refer you, dear readers and beloved makers of vibrating objects, to the etymology of words, which so often makes seemingly simple questions more complex.
Crave, probably of Northern Germanic origin, had a very different original meaning. From crafian, it meant to “demand by right.” The word probably had the same roots as “craft,” a word from which ordinary people derived much power – to be excellent at one’s craft was to have an elevated status, and be a cherished member of society.
In the 1400s, our word took what I think most of us posting on this message board about an awesome vibrator would agree is an unfortunate turn in its meaning. It started leaning towards the discreet, and its meaning changed to “private longing.” How ironic in that age of conquest (Columbus claimed the Americas in 1492) – how unfortunate for Crave that “demands” became “longings?”
'So as to what I crave, it’s a return to the old Crave. Especially as it relates to sex. Sexual fulfillment should be a widely-acknowledged right. A demand spoken freely and lovingly. I crave a world where people whose longings are currently privately shuttered away can feel the freedom to demand, by right, satisfaction.'"

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