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Fr sense 1 requires gender

Note: there is a wellknown use of the word that is hardly politically correct. I hesitate to include it. Brya 21:37, 24 January 2006 (UTC)

Porn sense[edit]

Seems to be quite widely used in porn (and yep, we have a gloss for this: {{pornography}}) to denote black skin. Equinox 17:45, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

Now added. Equinox 01:00, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

Hello, in french[edit]

« bois d'ébène» has no special porno meaning that I know of (BTW, could you please be more explicit about any anglo-saxon reserve ? since we are here to increase our knowledge...) , but may be nowadays used in two cases : 1/ slave trading - & 2/ having a sexual preference for black partners.

1/ As in the phrase (and lo ! be wary about the accents !): « Les marchands de bois d'ébène ne vendaient pas de planches provenant d'un ébénier, mais bien des esclaves » (« The slave traders did not sell planks made out of an ebony tree, but slaves »)...

2/ As in the phrase « Il (ou elle) fait dans le bois d'ébène » which does not mean « He(or she) makes a living trading ebony wood » but « He (or she) has a black lover ».

And about porn films, we'd rather say, without mentioning « ébène » : « Je viens de revoir un bon film des années 70 avec Pam Grier. Bon dieu, quelle belle nègresse c'était ! » ("I just saw again a good old '70 movie with Pam Grier, god what a lush black woman she was ! "» (since in usual french « nègre » and « négresse » & take care again of the accents é & è ! is highly deprecative, while « belle négresse » is highly eulogistic...).

And BTW, what is « tendu » doing in the § « See also »  ? It seems a technical word used in choregraphy ...Or is « ebony » in english slang the equivalent of « turgid » ?

T.y. Arapaima 08:59, 12 March 2010 (UTC)

Catalan translation[edit]

Catalan translations are wrong. They should be:

* Catalan: {{t|ca|eben|m}}, {{t|ca|banús|m}}

Both in tree and wood. And it should not be in the translations when adjective.

Poetically or euphemistically black skinned?[edit]

Isn't ebony used poetically or euphemistically to say 'black'? 16:12, 12 March 2011 (UTC)