throes » throngs
Spotted in the wild:
- “I don’t know, it [the artist’s penis] seems to be somewhat smaller than the sketches.” She noted. “But then again it is only semi-erect and you’ve drawn it in the throngs of passion.” (link)
- “… and this shock is driven home when Harry suffers from a heart attack in the throngs of passion with Marin. …” (link)
- “You’re hoping to apprehend a few suspects. And if in the throngs of passion, you make a few promises you don’t intend to keep…plead the Fifth.” (link)
Analyzed or reported by:
- Neil Crawford (ADS-L, 23 May 2005)
The first cite is from Crawford in ADS-L, the others from the 56 that turned up on a Google web search on 23 May 2005. From the semantic point of view, “throngs” is an even better replacement for “throes” than “throws” (q.v.), though it’s imperfect phonologically.