What is it about vice-squad -type folks and obscure, vaguely philosophical language? I've always found the phrase "substance abuse" rather amusing...the notion that something as vague as a "substance" might be abusable - and now (via this week's "Savage Love" column - which annoyingly uses an URL system that will change after its next edition but which is not predictable: it's the 2/14/08 column) we find that, at least for the upright citizens of Jackson, Mississippi, the legal jargon for sex toys (which are prohibited in Jackson - from heaven, Lee Hazlewood shakes his head mournfully) is "three-dimensional devices." I certainly hope none of my readers has ever used a three-dimensional device, and instead that such readers have relied entirely upon devices that are infinitely flat and limited to two dimensions, or which provide otherworldly stimulation by means of a fourth-dimensional vibrating appendage (the use of such device would be, presumably, allowable in Jackson, Mississippi - in case you're traveling, and feel lonely - since it is not, thereby, strictly a "three-dimensional device").
Either that, or aliens from an alternate dimensionality have taken over the reins of power in Jackson: first they take the sex toys, and then...the rest! "From beneath they devour!"