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Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Jun 11 22:47:41 UTC 2006

How about stuff that used to be innocent, like "Honeypot Road" and "Honeypot Road Wetlands Division," as  well as any use of the word "intercourse" before the 1920s ?

  Jesse, you might consider revising OED "intercourse," n., 2.d. The pre-1963 exx., though relevant, are all entirely euphemistic and require an adjective to communicate what's really going on. Current use obviously doesn't. )


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Well, of course, as everybody knows, there is the Cunning Linguist.

And as Arnold knows, there are tons of drag queen names that fit this=20
category--my current favorite is Honey Schute--and there are all those names=
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In a message dated 6/10/06 2:06:45 PM, zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU writes:

> a correspondent writes, in connection with my writing on Language Log
> on substitutes for taboo vocabulary, mentioning the character
> Slartibartfast from the Hitchhiker's Guide, adding
> > Adams wrote that he wanted a name
> > that sounded obscene but wasn't, so he started with Phartiphuckborlz
> > and tweaked it until he had something he could broadcast.
> *someone* must (he says, for the hundredth time or so) have collected
> names that are invented to sound indecent without being so, and/or to
> trip you into making a speech error with unfortunate consequences.
> i'm trying to recall the whole Farkle Family on Laugh-In: Fred and
> Fannie Farkle, and their children, including Flicker, the youngest
> Sparkle, and the twins Simon and Garr.=A0 the whole thing was designed
> to induce unfortunate speech errors.
> is there a term for such names?=A0 anyone studied, or at least
> collected, them?
> arnold, who hasn't
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