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#1 2011-01-22 09:07:08

JuanTwoThree
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Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 324

Rictus scale

Unsurprisingly this is an intentional pun for most people, though not for all:

haiti earthquake was a really bad earthquake it was at number 7 on the rictus scale and it may take many years to rebild !!

an earthquake that measured 9.5 on the Rictus Scale

amongst others

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#2 2011-01-22 17:51:49

jorkel
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Registered: 2006-08-08
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Re: Rictus scale

Very odd beast indeed. Both example look like bad spelling attempts… since if either utterer knew what rictus meant then the substitution would probably not have been made … and if it’s intentional I’m not sure I get the pun. Most unintentional reshapings replace an unfamiliar word with a more familiar one.

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