Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 11:48:29 EST

From: Undetermined origin c/o LISTSERV maintainer


Subject: new usage of an old word

This is a new, and I hope temporary, usage. Various people on the net

have been using "exonerated" to mean "obscene words have been replaced

by the names of conservative legislators." A typical message might

include a phrase like "motherexoning" and then end with

This text has been "exonerated" by performing certain textual

substitutions in order to bring the text into compliance with

the Communications Decency Act.

The quote marks are appearing intermittently, suggesting that the

writers are aware of the neologism and/or want us to think of it as


Vicki Rosenzweig

vr%acmcr.uucp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] | rosenzweig[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

New York, NY