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Meanings depend on interpretation of words

December 6 2001 at 5:16 PM
Ken Akerman  (no login)


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> There are hundreds of words in the English language which could be taken in a vulgar way if one chose to do so.

Here is another example. Once I read that someone in Arizona, an alumnus of the University of Colorado, was denied a personalized license plate bearing the letters "CU BUFF". It is obvious to anyone who has spent time living in Colorado (as I have done) that CU refers to Colorado University, and Buff is the shortened form of the university's mascot (Buffalos). The term "CU Buffs" is used widely in the print and broadcast media in Colorado (i.e. The CSU Rams soundly trounced the CU Buffs in NCAA football action today). However, someone else may read the words "CU BUFF" and have a different interpretation.

Ken

 
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