I recently wrote about learning new words and making sure that the usage of words that some people might call esoteric is upheld.
This morning it occurred to me, as I was walking to work, that I didn’t actually know the meaning of a certain word that I had seen written down time and time again.
I was listening to John Martyn’s awesome Solid Air and remembered that one of the tracks was called Jelly Roll blues. I’ve also come across Jelly Roll Morton in my time as well, but until today it had never occurred to me to find out what ‘jelly roll’ in the world of jazz.
You can imagine my surprise and, I suppose, embarrassment when I discovered that it is basically slang for a woman’s vulva and also refers to sex.
I guess that just goes to show you learn something new every day!