[Ads-l] Can you say "Cossack"?

imwitty imwitty at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 19 13:58:04 UTC 2015


Ha! This is one of those many cases, when the quantity does not become the
quality.

On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 5:19 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

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> Various CNN anchors and others continue to say "Co Sax."
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> On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 7:37 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > In my juvenile humor days, I made the paronymic association of <Cossacks>
> > [KAH-sacks] with <coccyx> [KAH-sicks]. Just discovered the internet
> > prescribes [COCK-six]. So I guess they don't think the Cossacks are
> > assholes, after all. Sure ruins a good pun.
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