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Chris -- 2015-05-30

#1 2005-11-04 15:06:01

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

'invertebrate' for 'inveterate'

Especially the phrase ‘invertebrate liar,’ which gets almost 1,000 ghits. The substitution appears to come about because of the unwarranted idea that it’s insulting to call someone an invertebrate. This isn’t exactly speciesism- it’s more like ‘phylumism.’ Examples:

...Mark Waid, invertebrate liar and con-man, who was gracious enough to recognize me when I got a chance to be a contestant.

this from an invertebrate liar you spineless piece of shit.

To be called a liar by an invertebrate liar is about as insulting as it gets. … 31268.html

He was extravagant, an invertebrate gambler and a drinker, but Frances saw him
as a convenient way out of her fraught relationship with the King.

Pierre knew that Makar Alexeevich was Joseph Bazdeev’s half-insane brother and
a hard Invertebrate drinker.

As an invertebrate smoker myself, the smoking pages had me gasping for breath. – 52k – Cached – Similar pages

... remember that Kerry’s position on gay marriage is every bit as hypocritical as Bush’s, but is demonstrably weaker due to his invertebrate tendency to straddle …



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