First, let’s deal with “D” as we’re using it. Second, ignore the moral suggestion that may pop into your mind as we offer our word


Third, we’re referring to that required electronic instrument that a teen must have pressed against his¹ ear in order to not waste time crossing a street–or hoofing it to anywhere else.

   “And the capitalizing nonsense here?” you ask.

“Use the DOOR for more,” we reply.




   If if you don’t bat over iPad or iPhone, cut us some slack.

   The definition:

   lewD (n, adj)  The state of living (or life) everywhere without Devices² (“electronic” implied). Ex: Before the 21st century, humans lived largely in a lewD world. Communication between humans occurred by means of human speech, pictures, sign language, bodily contact, writing on parchment, paper, slate, or in the sand. Some may ask what about radio, TV, telephone (the old ones), and telegraph? Yes, these involved use of “electricity,” but not quite in the same way as electronics and were characterized by “limited personal portability.” If “21st century” bothers you, change it to “20th century.” (But if you then cut the D back to d, your new word will cause distraction.)

   Five comments about this”

   (1) I’m witnessing a generation of children and grandchildren that have no idea of life is like without hand-held Devices. Devices now dominate and control social interaction.

   (2) Use and service of these everybody Devices is controlled by faceless, nameless people often from the other side of the world. Obey what these people say or get cut off from their use.

   (3) Young people are increasingly encountering stories they won’t be able to understand.

   (4) Consider how lewDity or lewDness in a story may affect the plot, and become a literary criterion.

   (5) Personal Concern: In my new sci-fi novel, The Blood of Three Worlds³, two precocious, caring, and naive orphan teens risk a forever one-way trip to a low-tech (almost no-tech) exoplanet. Can the author create, and his readers accept and relate to such radical change? Or will his characters die a slow, ignored death along with him?


   ¹ Yes, the generic pronoun is used here. But maybe I should have used “she” instead?

   ² These “God-like” Devices (and yes, I use them) are dominating and omnipresent in every, realistic modern story. Will everyone smile at entering a phone booth and dismiss and or totally reject cigarette-initiated pick-up romance behavior?

   ³ Available at Amazon–with chapters and excerpts you can freely read. This may be the best book you read this year.