The lead paragraph of a story in the Economist:
ANY decision Barack Obama makes can cause a stir. He invited Rick Warren, a popular pastor, to say a few words at his inauguration. The aim was to stroke conservative Christians, thereby fostering a warm feeling of national unity. But some of Mr Obama’s gay supporters were appalled. Though hardly a fire-breather by the standards of Southern Baptists, Mr Warren holds old-fashioned views about homosexuality. Bloggers lamented Mr Obama’s “betrayal”. Dan Savage, a gay columnist, urged his readers to protest by coining a new meaning for “Saddleback”—the name of Mr Warren’s church. Many of the suggestions were unprintable. To soothe sore tempers, Mr Obama invited a gay bishop, Gene Robinson, to speak at an inaugural concert.
I'm pouring over the results of the voting—here are the seven proposed definitions—and right now it's neck-and-neck between...
(1) "Logically, if 'barebacking' means having butt sex with no condom, then 'saddlebacking' should mean having butt sex with a condom."
(5) "'Saddlebacking' should be the term for the phenomenon of Christian teens engaging in unprotected anal sex in order to preserve their virginities. 'After attending the Purity Ball, Heather and Bill saddlebacked all night because she's saving herself for marriage.' Please, please adopt this definition!"
I'm tempted to declare a tie and let the term have two meanings—one gay, one straight—but I'm not sure that will satisfy the masses. The winner will be announced in next week's "Savage Love," and www.saddlebacking.com goes live next Wednesday!