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 Various people on the net have been using "exonerated" to mean "obscene words have been replaced by the names of conservative legislators."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 clever. Vicki Rosenzweig vr%acmcr.uucp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] | rosenzweig[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] New York, NY