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#1 2006-08-29 19:43:15

PositivePete
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Registered: 2006-08-29
Posts: 2

Incense for Incest

While on a family vacation my sister refused to share a room with her brother. “Oh, no,” she exclaimed, “that would be incense!”

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#2 2007-11-03 14:57:26

burntsox
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Registered: 2007-11-03
Posts: 9

Re: Incense for Incest

Is this an eggcorn or just an unfortunate mistake?

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#3 2007-11-04 05:46:48

patschwieterman
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From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

Re: Incense for Incest

Well, I find the mistake charming—likewise that innocent perspective that considers sharing a bedroom “incest.”

But no, this is probably a malaprop rather than an eggcorn. It would only be an eggcorn if we could persuade ourselves that the speaker knew what “incense” meant and that she found it appropriate in this context.

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#4 2013-12-31 22:13:46

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 915

Re: Incense for Incest

Maybe she was thinking insense.

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#5 2013-12-31 23:27:03

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1686
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Re: Incense for Incest

Nonsense, Tocayo! How can you be so insensitive?


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#6 2014-01-01 08:23:10

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 915

Re: Incense for Incest

Where’s the like button on this thing?

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