random taboo avoidance

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 29 20:21:07 UTC 2011

It could have been "barnshoot"--if it's pronounced as "'barnsh at d'art at st"
in Scotland. The accent was too thick for me to hear the difference.


On 11/29/2011 1:11 PM, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
> On 11/29/2011 12:01 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>> For collectors of alliterative taboo avoidance phrases:
>> In the episode The Naming of the Dead of Season 3 of the show Rebus, set
>> in Edinburgh, one of the characters refers to his cousin as "a barnshed
>> artist"
> --
> Cf. "barnshoot" ... but maybe just coincidence?
> -- Doug Wilson

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