eggcorn: "profound" (profane) words

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Jul 31 19:21:35 UTC 2007

Jerry, some time ago I posted my own experience with this error some 45 years ago.


"Cohen, Gerald Leonard" <gcohen at UMR.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: eggcorn: "profound" (profane) words

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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