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Am I the only one who found this funny?

May 5, 2004, 12:04 PM

Read this excerpt from a Letter to the Editor published in the May 5 edition of the Staunton News Leader (and I apologize in advance for this):

"Sex in pubic places" letter

This letter is in regards to privacy issues surrounding a case where a number of men engaged in acts in the Staunton YMCA locker room which we won’t describe here, but you can read the original News Leader article to get all the details. I should note that the print edition also showed photographs of those involved. And the original letter to the editor can be read in full on the News Leader‘s Web site.

But did you really look at the part of the letter I reproduced from the print edition? Look at it again…

"Sex in pubic places" letter, marked

I’m sure that the writer probably intended to say, “When consenting adults choose to perform heterosexual sex acts in public places (and we all know they do), I don’t recall seeing their full-color picture(s) on the front page of the paper with their street address.” But through what was most likely a typographical error either by the original letter writer or a member of the News Leader‘s staff, it gained new meaning, with it reading, “When consenting adults choose to perform heterosexual sex acts in pubic places (and we all know they do), I don’t recall seeing their full-color picture(s) on the front page of the paper with their street address.”

I believe most things of that sort are done in pubic places. The definition of “pubic” makes several references to “pubes”, which is defined as “The lower part of the abdomen, especially the region surrounding the external genital organs.” It seems to me that it’s a requirement of the job to do these things in pubic places.

Takes the whole context of the letter from “Oh, heavens, I can’t believe they did that in that room!” to “Well, doesn’t everybody?”

I’m sorry… I just find these kind of slips incredibly amusing. I got a major laugh out of it at the kitchen table, where I read the paper this afternoon.

Categories: Virginia local news