Monday, 20 June 2011
I find these words slighty problematic in an erotica context. I do like to use suckle sometimes because I find it a dirtier word than suck for some reason.
Suck is straightforward: it's a transitive verb (ie it has a subject and and object): "She sucked his big cock" ... "He sucked her pert nipples."
Suckle is a weird one. It's not a synonym for suck. To suckle mean to breastfeed when transitive: "She suckled her child." But if used of the sucker, it is technically intransitive (no object) so you can't say "He suckled her breasts."
I think you could say "He suckled on her breasts." (It does carry a heavy connotation of actually feeding ... but that's okay because you can use metaphor in erotica. Just think how boring it would be if you couldn't!)
Any English majors out there who can correct me?