I'd interviewed someone, and they said they enjoyed going to the cottage, fishing and camping. I wondered if, for the same of visual consistency, I could use "cottaging" as a verb, and if I could, whether it had an "e" after the "g" to maintain the hard "G" sound.
For the record, for an example of both the hard and soft "g" sounds, there's no better word is "Negligent." I like that.
ANYHOW - Cottaging. I look it up ... and really, I'm glad I did.
|( Brit ) homosexual activity between men in a public lavatory|
This is derived from the British slang for a lavatory, which is a cottage, so it says.
Anyhow - had I said that the man liked fishing, camping and cottaging - and anyone was aware enough to know what I'd said, it could have been surprising.
This has been another segment in: Surprises in Publishing.