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Friday, March 28, 2014

WORDS you can't say on the internet

Daily Mail ad on Daily mail site - "Put down that phone, you p**t!" - referring to someone tweeting during Benn's funeral, but of interest for its asterisks.  The full article gives 'prat', unredacted; but why would one ever bowdlerise the word, which isn't even from an obscene root - or am I the naive one, with pratting being featured in the aristocrats joke?
Checks:

prat

Line breaks: prat

noun

informal
  • 2A person’s buttocks.

Origin

mid 16th century (in sense 2): of unknown origin. sense 1 dates from the 1960s.

I never knew that.

Yes, well, but we don't say b*tt*cks, or even b*m.  Yet?




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