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Bedroom book speaks in sexy slang

Christi Smith Scofield led a goody two-shoes kind of life. She went to Catholic school as a kid in St. Petersburg, played soccer in college and worked sales for major white-collar companies.

All that changed on a ski trip to Aspen. After a day on the slopes, she and her friends pulled out a game of Pictionary — and some cocktails — and spiced up the words to be more adult-friendly.

A few years later, the result was a party game devoted to eye candy, booty calls and anything else that moans sex. Players act or draw out 500 naughty terms in the fastest time possible, much like charades and Pictionary.

Scofield, 39, launched the board game in 2004 under the name Pervart­istry, an odd combination of pervert and art. People gave it high marks during kickoff parties in Tampa and New York City, where she now lives.

The name? Way too creepy.

Scofield changed the title to Sexy Slang in 2008 after Barnes & Noble said they wanted to sell the game but under a different title. Looking back, she considers it her Marketing 101 moment.

Sales surged under the new name. Scofield, who by then had married Ted Scofield, her business partner and attorney, created a second game, Naughty Charades, and launched a line of Sexy Slang T-shirts and other merchandise. (Check out T.J. Miller's "stud muffin'' shirt in the 2010 movie She's Out of My League.)

The Scofields quickly found themselves in unfamiliar, but frisky, territory. Instead of corporate meetings, they attended adult novelty shows.

"We had to know what everything is,'' said Christi, a Boca Ciega High graduate whose family still lives in the area. "I would never have said I would become a sexpert, but I have.''

The couple recently published their first sex book, Sexy Slang's Bedroom Challenges — 69 Ways to Spice Up Your Sex Life. They'll be in St. Pete on Saturday for a book-signing party at Push Ultra Lounge.

They hope the book helps couples reconnect in new ways, both physically and emotionally. Already, three couples who met playing the game got married.

"We wanted to make people giggle and play together, which helps lighten the mood,'' she said.

And, for the record, the Scofields haven't tried every challenge in the book.

"We haven't been married long enough,'' Ted said with a laugh.

The book is available at major book sellers and online through sexyslang.com. Here are some of the 69 ways couples can fire up their love life. Trust us, only a few were suitable for print in a newspaper. For the naughty rest, you'll have to get your own copy.

Chocolate body paint: An edible food product designed for bedroom fun. A survey by Elle and MSNBC said 21 percent of couples use food to spice up their sex lives.

Goodie drawer: The secret stash of adult toys that women have (or should have). In Sex and the City, Charlotte says she doesn't have a goodie drawer. Samantha, of course, has a goodie closet.

French maid outfit: A sexy role-playing costume. Studies show that couples who share their fantasies report higher sexual satisfaction than couples who don't.

Nooner: Midday sex, often referred to as a quickie. Said to boost spontaneity and ward off predictability in long-term relationships.

Shrimping: Licking or sucking toes. Sting and Nicollette Sheridan gave this term some cred a few years ago when they got snapped sucking their partners' toes.

Sexy date night

The authors of Sexy Slang's Bedroom Challenges 69 Ways to Spice Up Your Sex Life will have a book release party from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. A lingerie show will follow. Free, but space is limited. RSVP to events@sexyslang.com.

Bedroom book speaks in sexy slang 02/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 3:30am]
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