[extropy-chat] Internet Libel now gets court fines in UK
mbb386 at main.nc.us
Fri Mar 24 12:04:12 UTC 2006
> PS. For the benefit of foreign viewers, in UK usage,
> nonce n. A nonce is a child-molester, as featured in the fine
> "Brasseye" spoof TV programme where popular celebrities were duped
> into wearing T-shirts advocating "nonce-sense". I am told that the
> term originates from when sex offenders were admitted as
> "non-specified offenders" (thereby "non-specified" and thence "nonce")
> in the hope that they might not get the harsh treatment metered out to
> such convicts.
That's rather interesting and annoying, as the word is already a perfectly
respectable word which I occasionally use! Oh well, better to know when a
word's been corrupted.
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