Rantings of a sub-editor

November 24, 2010

Irish politicians are…

Filed under: great headlines,Useless gobshites — substuff @ 11:59 am
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Profound stuff from the Irish Daily Star. (Thanks to Andy for this).

Incidentally, I was going to headline this “Profound or profane?”, but then some sixth sense (habit, probably) made me check the dictionary. Profane means unreligious, or blasphemous – so I would have been wrong to use it to mean rude and sweary. Yeah yeah, you already knew that, I know.

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2 Comments »

  1. Actually I thought it was a kind of gas :-b

    Comment by Simon — November 24, 2010 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  2. I was sure that profanity meant swearing or being rude. And profane being the base word for profanity; and while profane originally was used in a religious context it seems that some sources now believe it to also mean swearing and being vulgar –

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profanity

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/profane

    http://www.wordswarm.net/dictionary/Profane.html

    And while my sources are not the OED I think there is a case to be made
    for your original title of ‘Profound or profane?’ to be correct in the
    modern day.

    Comment by Andy — November 24, 2010 @ 2:57 pm | Reply


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