Sado Moss


Dear Reader, you of course know that there’s a rare moss named Anomodon attenuatus. But did you know that its Swedish name is piskbaronmossa, “Whip Baron Moss”? I wonder if it grows upon the grave of the Marquis de Sade.



  1. #1 Kevin Z
    August 28, 2007

    So would be a Sade-o-mossachist?


  2. #2 kai
    August 29, 2007

    But what does protocol require? Can a baron whip a marquis, and if so, can he only do so while standing on the marquis’ left side? Whipped crčme-de-la-crčme, indeed!

  3. #3 Martin R
    August 29, 2007

    If I understand correctly, a baron may do whatever he pleases with a marquis provided that the former be dressed like a baroness.

  4. #4 Thinker
    August 29, 2007


    But what does protocol require? (snip)

    In addition to what you mentioned, I believe it is also considered de rigeur that said marquis initiates the act by quoting Shakespeare: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”

    (My emphasis)

  5. #5 Martin R
    August 29, 2007

    Thinker, you evil man.

  6. #6 Thinker
    August 29, 2007

    The reason that so little is known of these noble whippings, of course, is that they take place at knight or very early in the morning.

    Said acts of passionate, although ritualized, fighting are also claimed to be the origin of the expression “duke it out”.

    Finally, let me submit a hypothesis for those of you who “deal with what is left”: might this not be the etymological origins of the name of Jarlabanke? (Which in English could be translated as “pounding an earl”.)

  7. #7 Martin R
    August 29, 2007

    You are welcome to submit to whatever poundings you like. d-;

  8. #8 Thinker
    August 29, 2007

    Not being blue-blooded, this isn’t really my thing. Also, with reference to Jarlabanke, I don’t think I’d qualify, since I only own a very, very small piece of Täby…

  9. #9 Savon
    August 29, 2007

    Well I guess it is not women who has it in their backs, I guess it is men who has it.
    The whip.
    How about “spanked” Earl? Jarlabanke.
    I have a small piece of land in Vallentuna.

  10. #10 Martin R
    August 29, 2007

    Aha! Herding reindeer and beating the shamanic drum among the mighty mountains of Vallentuna!

  11. #11 Savon
    August 29, 2007

    Oh no, I collect pieces of land in different part of this country. I have a place in Garasavvona (Karesuando), one on Orust, one in Western Götaland in another place, one in Gellivare…

    What about the new kind of tea; Earl Moss with whipped cream instead of rhubarbcream…my favorite.

  12. #12 Martin R
    August 29, 2007

    Good lord, soaplady is buying the ground from under my hairy feet!

    Shamans drink Earl Shroom and have cucumber sandwiches.

  13. #13 Savon
    August 29, 2007

    Of course!
    You know those are the best way to get revenge…

  14. #14 Thinker
    August 29, 2007

    Do you think Kate Moss is actually a baroness? If so, that might explain the term “högadel” (high nobility).

  15. #15 kai
    August 30, 2007

    Oh, but there is probably a classic Ealing comedy in making: Carry on, Moss

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