[Ads-l] The Orange County (CA) Register quotes:

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Sep 5 06:01:07 UTC 2015

> On Sep 4, 2015, at 8:48 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> "Imagine if you saw me wearing something where you could see my
> _(undergarments)_."
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ocregister.com_articles_school-2D680453-2Dhigh-2Ddress.html&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=2z7v4LS2Zlbj_Vpvn9GGBOGGeP4EljdH46aKYi0yK0k&s=RuTZSUFJ_rw8nQPKA30wg7_-HsZTG4beB9vwwq_4o_s&e= 
> Has the word, "panties," become so "obscene" that it now has to be
> bowdlerized on a "family-oriented" Web page?

Well, but for the readers of the web post based in the U.K., where they're not "panties" but "knickers", nobody would understand, so the generic term is safer, just as the "soda" and "pop" and [generic] "Coke" speakers would all be covered by the umbrella of "soft drinks".  That *could* be the reason, no?  Let's not get our undergarments in a convolution.


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