eggcorn: "profound" (profane) words

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Tue Jul 31 19:19:47 UTC 2007

Isn't the B word significantly less profound than the C word?

But parallelism is a fast-fading skill in the culture at large.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 13:21:58 -0500
>From: "Cohen, Gerald Leonard" <gcohen at UMR.EDU>
>Yesterday a woman on the Judge Judy show complained (among other things) that her ex-fiance used "profound words" against her.  These included, as she described them "the B word and the C word."   From the context it was obvious that the woman intended to say "profane words," and without dwelling on the matter the judge made the correction.
>Gerald Cohen

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