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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Three times in the last month someone has asked me about having a criminal record “sponged off” instead of expunged.
There may also be a movement afoot to expunge Sponge Bob.
Expunge comes from the same roots as pungent and punchy. It was imported from L. expungere “mark (a name on a list) for deletion”, by pricking out holes above or below it, in the days of scribes, before white-out. Sponge as a verb for “imbibe with a sea-animal’s flexible endoskeleton” precedes it by at least 60 years. To have a criminal record exsponged is a very common desire on web advice boards. Exsponge Bob as a friendly brand name is still up for grabs.
Last edited by David Bird (2010-07-28 15:22:56)
If expunging does not work, try explunging. You can hear the satisfying sucking sound of a well-executed legal service.
: “How long do I need to wait to explunge my criminal record in UK?”
: “I think that the expunge option for the memo service is a bit hard to remember… If it’s changed to something easy like clear or something, it’d be a lot easier to clean my recycler. I’ve always typed ” explunge ”, then find out that I got it wrong”
: “ [I] then clicked on explunge, and now for some strange reason i’ve lost all my mail from every single folder.”
: “ we ard workin to explunge these harrasing rude money hungry savages”
: “ I am in process of trying to find out if I need to file forms to explunge record or some other type of papers.”