The following is a videotaped interview from November 2008 of the actor James Franco on the David Letterman show. At 1:55 on the video Franco talks about his academic work at New York University's film school where he is a student. He says that one of his projects was a "short" film about naked guys playing basketball. Note how Franco touches his nose when he mentions the word "short." When I first saw the video I registered Franco's hand motion as a signal of embarrassment. I think it dawned on Franco in that moment that the word short has multiple meanings. Short can refer to a short film. Shorts can also refer to men's underwear. Franco's manifest meaning is shorts in the context of film-making. But there is his apparent realization that there is the subtext of underwear and male nudity.