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It's short for "Touch Dictionary".

The titles of these tropes seem like they belong in Nudity Tropes or Sex Tropes, but they aren't (no, Rule 34 doesn't make them so, now Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter already).

Often it's because the title seems that way as a joke (especially Just for Pun titles), and often because the name uses a word that has multiple meanings where one is well known to be about sex. For others, it's a case where the object of affection is given the same amount of drool and adoration as actual porn might be.


  • 20 Bear Asses: No, this is not about twenty big hairy gay guys and their buttocks. This is about a certain type of arbitrary Fetch Quest.
  • Alternate History Wank: As "wank" is slang for masturbation, it's understandable that you'd think this was sexual, but it's not. It's the trope for when a single aspect of an alternate history is singled out and advantaged.
  • Attention Whore: A trope about characters who do stupid things in order to get attention, not related to prostitution or lust.
  • Auto-Erotic Troping: A policy page about creators who are trying to use the TV Tropes platform to stroke their ego, not some other parts of theirs.
  • Banana in the Tailpipe: Neither of these nouns are euphemisms, this is Vehicular Sabotage using a literal banana (or similar blockage) in a car's tailpipe.
  • Car Porn: A scene that focuses on a Cool Car, not Auto Erotica or a risque Hood Ornament Hottie.
  • Cherry Tapping: Because "tap" can be a slang for sex, and breaking the hymen (which can happen during sex) can be called "popping the cherry", this can sound sexual. Its actual definition, however, is when somebody is defeated with a weak attack to embarrass them.
  • Choreography Porn: Describing a dance in great detail, not when the sex scenes in a porn are carefully planned out and practiced.
  • Competence Porn: Used to describe the thrill that comes from watching talented people solve problems, usually through cleverness and hard work. It has nothing to do with being really good at sex.
  • Continuity Porn: A story that focuses more on continuity than the actual story, not people having sex continuously or Porn with Plot.
  • Costume Porn: No, this isn't porn film where the actors are wearing Fanservice Costumes. It's about extremely detailed clothes.
  • Cunning Linguist: Because the phrase itself sounds like the word "cunnilingus", which means oral sex on a woman, people joke with that phrase. The trope, however, literally means a linguist who's cunning.
  • Description Porn: The use of a detailed description of anything... which can include sex, but usually it's about things that are clean.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: A visual image that is artistic and nonsensical.
  • Fan Wank: A fan theory designed to explain plot holes. Has nothing to do with fans masturbating... usually.
  • Food Porn: Actually means really interesting, delicious-looking food.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: A character really likes a culture of a country they're not from, but it's not necessarily a sexual fetish.
  • Gangbangers: Because "bang" as a verb can be slang for sex, this sounds like polyamory or group sex — but it's not. It's members of a street gang who commit crimes.
  • Good-Looking Privates: It's about characters finding military uniforms attractive. It's not about private parts looking good.
  • Gorn: About scenes of over-the-top violence, bloodshed, and general mayhem, not blood fetishism or a giant lizard-like alien.
    • Scenery Gorn: The scenery is described a lot, in a negative way.
  • Gun Porn: A scenario with a whole lot of guns.
  • Hot Sub-on-Sub Action: This is about submarines, not submissives.
  • Latex Perfection: It's not about unbreakable condoms or bodies that look great Dressed All in Rubber, it's about perfect latex mask disguises.
  • Making Use of the Twin: No, it's not about twins being used in that way (you're looking for Twin Threesome Fantasy or Twincest there), but about actors' twins helping out as body doubles.
  • Money Fetish: This doesn't necessarily involve someone who's sexually attracted to money. It's just a term for someone who likes money because it's money, rather than because they're greedy or need profit or whatever.
  • Nerdgasm: This trope is about poking fun at nerds (or Self-Deprecation by nerds) for getting excited over some piece of technology or software, or some other geek-ish subject. While the jokes are about sex, it usually doesn't involve any actual sexual arousal.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: This means someone who likes scary things, but they might not actually have a Fetish for them.
  • Orgy of Evidence: People do have sex a lot in orgies, but this is not even about a real orgy. It's when evidence is spotted as fake because of the absurdly large amount of it.
  • Poverty Porn: About exploiting the condition of impoverished people to generate sympathy, not about fetishizing poverty (nor is it related to Poor Man's Porn).
  • Real Men Take It Black: It's about black coffee as a sign of manliness, not an innuendo for someone with a fetish for Black people aka "jungle fever".
  • Scenery Porn: Describing the scenery in great detail, though some porn films themselves may have elaborate sets.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: It's about a work falling victim to legal issues. It's not about porn starring lawyers.
  • Script Wank: Something that's outright said to the audience after being implied.
  • Technology Porn: A scene with heaps of emphasis on how cool a machine looks, not anything that might be Robosexual.
  • Terminator Twosome: Two characters are sent back in time, one to change history and one to make sure it stays the same. The reason why it sounds sexual is because the suffix "-some" added to the number of people in a group has been used in a sexual sense (think of the word "threesome" for example).
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Zigzagged. Sometimes this means a character who's literally kinky but other times, they enjoy being tortured in a nonsexual way.
  • Torture Porn - Zig-Zagged due to Interplay of Sex and Violence, but mostly it's just the intersection of Psychological Horror and Splatter Horror.
  • Venus Is Wet: This isn't about the goddess being aroused, this is about the (proven wrong) theory that the planet's clouds are perpetually raining water.
  • Whoring: No, this doesn't have anything to do with prostitution. It's a gaming term that describes pooling all your energy into only one mechanic to gain some kind of advantage.
  • With a Friend and a Stranger: The main cast is two friends and one person who doesn't know them. Not as sexual-sounding as the others, but some tropers have dirty minds when it comes to the word "with".
  • The Xenophile: Sounds sexual because of the "phile" suffix, but it actually just means a character with a friendly interest in aliens.