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Words or phrases that _sound_ obscene (and probably _should_ be) but really aren’t.

Go.

(Here’s a freebie to get you started: _winker_.)

7 thoughts on “Reader Participation Required”

  1. onomatopoeia
    mastication

    25 years ago, we made a game of this while calling in security checks, but I can’t remember half of the cool words we used — and the one we got chewed out for that was completely innocent.

  2. I was starting to think this one was going to go completely ignored. :) ‘Mastication’ is definitely one of those words that almost make you uncomfortable, even though it’s completely innocent. Funny how the English language works, isn’t it? :)

  3. Actually, it wouldn’t. I knew what a ‘google’ was in about the third grade, so I was already pretty accustomed to it when I heard of the company.

  4. ‘Exacerbate’ I can see. ‘Perpendicular’ – I dunno. Mebbe I’m just too used to it for that one to seem odd to me. My wife reminded me of another the other day – ‘defenestrate.’

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