X marrying Y <> Y marrying X?

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Sep 13 12:03:03 UTC 2007

What is it about those graphic vowels that seems to carry the weight of the taboos ("f*ck," "sh*t," etc.)??

I still have an occasional Jewish student who will write the word "God" as "G-d."  As if "God" is really the unutterable and unwritabale NAME, when H- said H-s name is "- -m" . . .


---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 22:44:59 -0400
>From: James Harbeck <jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA>
>Subject: Re: X marrying Y <> Y marrying X?
>>"(REDACTED) jobs"? Why on earth ...
>I too find that funny (sort of like "assh*le" or "ass****", which I've seen on occasion).

>James Harbeck.

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