Why no name for the human mating call?

The Horologicon by Mark Forsyth
The Horologicon by Mark Forsyth

The Horologicon by Mark Forsyth, is another of my books on words in the English language; always a fascinating topic for me.  On page 201 is a fascinating list of mating calls: A badger shrikes, a fox clickets, a goat rattles, a deer croons, a sow breems, a cow eassins and an otter whineth.  Nothing for us humans although Forsyth does refer to these as “chat-ups”.

Perhaps we rely on pheromones boosted by perfumes and fine words.

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