"the cuckolds of one's heart"

Geoffrey Nunberg nunberg at ISCHOOL.BERKELEY.EDU
Tue Mar 23 16:43:03 UTC 2010

"Ah, there's nothing quite like the morning smell of black liberal
Democrats bashing each other. It warms the cuckolds of this black
conservative Republican's heart."
        Gregory Kane, "Here's a real 'Black Agenda'"; Washington Examiner,
March 22, 2010

Between a cranberry word and a near-homonymous jibe on the edge of
desuetude, a mondegreen waiting to happen. "cuckolds of * heart" gets
30 hits on Google, a couple of them deliberate puns but most
inadvertent; e.g.:

"Warm the cuckolds of a colleague's heart, show your appreciation or
gratitude to fellow employee/s or member/s of your staff"...

James Kirkpatrick flagged one of these from the Tacoma City Paper in a
1998 column: "Warm the cuckolds of your heart with eerie music from
the Scottish Highlands."


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