[Ads-l] cuss word euphemisms

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 2 12:02:13 EST 2016

On Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:09 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> But I DO know it's the name of a Dutch town!

I thought that you were saying that people who heard you pronounce it in
Dutch would hear it only as the name of a Dutch town and they wouldn't
realize that you were being euphemistic. Naturally, I presupposed that
_you_ know what "Scheveningen" is. Buut what you meant was that, if you
pronounce it in Dutch, then it loses its value for _you_ as a euphemism.

I ought to have understood that. I beg your pardon.

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