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Chris -- 2015-05-30

#1 2006-01-02 01:39:51

From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'purient' for 'prurient'

With over 38,000 ghits, this seems too prevalent to be a mere misspelling. Rather, I think it reflects the idea of purity (or impurity) getting mixed up with prurience. Examples:

But obscenity is not CONTENT, just a purient experience. … 1135650317

Yet in a sense, Spielberg has taken a seemingly purient activity and made it a sort … Films in general also legitimize the purient aspects of voyeurism, ...

Then, giving in to a more purient side, I bought a Mercedes 1995 C220.

The people who abused the guards have been punished and releasing more photos for purient interest in just plain wrong for obvious reasons.

I still believe that the show relies purely and simply on purient titillation and the standard conventions of soapie character identification.



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