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I know there is a word for it — I heard it when I was young. What is the word to describe a person who catches the sexual overtones in a normal (non-sexual) conversation?

Here's one example I have (I said this and then laughed because it was my comment and went over my own head at the time):

I was considering a name for a mobile dog grooming business. I thought 'Doggie Style' was great. Of course, the room full of my husband's friends laughed at me, telling me I'd never get approved for a license with that name. What word would I use to describe them?

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Precocious, perhaps? –  StoneyB Oct 25 '12 at 2:00
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It sounds like you're asking about the word for someone who misses the sexual overtones. Naive? Innocent? Gullible? –  JAM Oct 25 '12 at 2:31
    
Oh, a quick google shows that your name has gone through after all. –  Mr Lister Oct 25 '12 at 4:55
    
actually, there's a local dog grooming business called Doggie Style. For a while, there was construction on the sidewalk in front of the shop, so they posted a sign: "Please enter through rear". –  Charles Oct 25 '12 at 15:21
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I wouldn't name a dog grooming business doggy style... I would think I was signing up for swimming classes. –  RyeɃreḁd Oct 29 '13 at 6:18

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It's an idiom, not a word, but we sometimes say one's mind is in the gutter.

EDIT: As for specific words, one could say, "You have a dirty mind!" My computer's on-board thesaurus offered these synonyms for that sense of the word dirty:

indecent, obscene, rude, naughty, vulgar, smutty, coarse, crude, filthy, bawdy, suggestive, ribald, racy, salacious, risqué, offensive, off-color

Of those, I think suggestive, vulgar, smutty, risqué, and off-color perhaps fit most closely with what you're getting at.

As an aside, ELU had an earlier discussion about the word naughty.

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Can you help me out a little better. Yes idiom I believe was the 'tag' I was looking for. I know there is a better specific word. I was young--didn't hang out in the gutter nor did my mind. Lol –  Cindy Oct 25 '12 at 2:03
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@Cindy, IF you point out an unintentional sexual interpretation of someone's remarks you'd have been called out as a "pervert" when I was a kid. –  Jim Oct 25 '12 at 3:16

Dirty-minded:

obsessed by sex and tending to see the sexual or obscene potentialities in things

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From popular culture, we'd normally refer to that person as 'Finbar Saunders'.

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you are noticing the ambiguity of a double entendre

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Hmmm... Just thinking about terms used on me...

Deviant when someone is trying to be nice.

Devious if they think I am trying to make someone uncomfortable on purpose. Nothing more fun than to have a little fun with someone too serious.

Pervert if the person is annoyed at you. Note on this: If a member of the opposite sex calls you a pervert then continues to talk to you, you are in for a good night.

An older person that doesn't know what to think might say twisted.

The deeply religious might say immoral or depraved.

And of course if I have had too much to drink and the conversation is going no where... I am the degenerate.

degenerate -

1. having lost the physical, mental, or moral qualities considered normal and desirable; showing evidence of decline.

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Although I doubt many would think of doggy style as a catchy name for a dog grooming business, your husband and his (male) friends who immediately interpreted "it" as being the sexual act performed between two consenting adults, do indeed have dirty minds. Not that it is exclusive to men, but I prefer the expression to have a one-track mind for men and women alike.

The Free Dictionary defines it as: to think entirely or almost entirely about one subject. Longman is less demure and says: to be continuously thinking about one particular thing, especially sex

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I think the word that you might be looking for is innuendo

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"innuendo" would be the phrase or saying. A person who understood the "innuendo" would not be called an "innuendo". –  MrHen Oct 29 '13 at 15:18

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