Re: The Dirty Word in 43 Down

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Fri Apr 7 16:02:32 UTC 2006

After all, condoms are pretty useful devices. Would CONDOM itself be 
objectionable in a crossword?
In a message dated 4/7/06 11:05:28 AM, dave at WILTON.NET writes:

> Clearly the condom sense is the root cause of the objectionability, but I'm
> not sure that people automatically think of a condom when they hear the
> word. "Scumbag" is a nastier epithet than "slimeball," not because of the
> etymology but because of the contexts in which they are used.
> "Scuzzbag", at least to me, is a minced form of "scumbag," and therefore
> more acceptable.
> --Dave Wilton
>   dave at

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