Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Mon Jul 27 12:33:30 UTC 2009

On Jul 27, 2009, at 4:38 AM, Arun K Raman wrote (emphasis mine):

> I remember growing up in India when an older friend would tell me
> what the
> words fuck and bitch meant and at that time those words probably
> meant the
> same thing as the word bread to me. He probably held them in a
> slightly
> reverential regard. There was no other reason for him to tell them
> to me.
> The culture in India now has changed quite a bit and keeps apace
> with the
> rest of the world. I have no _probably_ with the words myself and
> use them but
> in select company.

a lovely error in word retrieval.  after two uses of the adverb
"probably", Arun Raman reaches for the noun "problem" and gets the
orthographically/phonologically similar adverb again.


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