Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 14 21:34:49 UTC 2009

On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 3:55 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> At 9/11/2009 03:20 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:
> >Is there a term for a euphemism that exists only in writing? This isn't like
> >"urinate" for "piss", or for that matter "the F-word" for "'fuck'"; but
> >neither is it a partial or total redaction like "f***" or "What the !%#@?"
> What -- you can't pronounce "fv"? Â Let's ask a Russian linguist. Â Wilson?

Of course I can! More to the point, I have no trouble with [fvk], with
syllabic [v].  But I make a regular practice of pronouncing the
unpronounceable and saying the unspeakable. I was talking about the
MIT folks who use it.

m a m

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