"uterus" an indecorous word? ("slut" in the news)

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 8 19:07:11 UTC 2011

It was private conduct, so, at worst, he might get a small fine. But it's
Florida, so likely nothing will happen.

"Obscene gestures" are quite common as causes for suspension. An article on
Mark Cavendish just yesterday mentioned that he was dropped from a race by
his team after he made "an obscene gesture" after winning a stage (this was
a few months ago). Baseball and basketball fines and suspensions are quite
common for similar reasons--especially if the "gesture" is made to a fan.
There is really no reason to go back all the way back to 1959 when there
have been several examples in the past decade.


On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 12:15 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 7:26 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Mason's public behavior as a member of the bar, in front of cameras,
> under
> > those circumstances, strikes me as a wee bit remarkable and (nowadays)
> > yawningly abhorrent.
> >
> I don't know Jon. Isn't it the case that one has to be in an endzone
> before mere "irrational," as it were, "exuberance," so to speak,
> devolves into a perpetration?
> (Hmm. My spellchecker has a problem with _endzone_, but none with
> _perpetration_. I thought that the latter was a mere nonce-word that
> I'd invented on the spot.)
> (Youneverknow.)
> --
> -Wilson

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