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April 08, 2012

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That's very odd. "Cointainly" suggests "contain" and "coin", not the (presumably) intended variant pronunciation.

This travesty... will not stand!

But, still...

They look like the real thing.

Just sayin...

At the risk of stating the obvious, I don't think it's hard to see where this came from -- the writer was thinking about syllables instead of the whole word. The word being replaced is "certainly." The writer kept "c---tainly" and rewrote only the "ert" sound. By that reasoning, it should be "coitainly." I can only guess that the writer thought having a word reminiscent of "coin container" was better than having a word that mixed "coitus" and "taint."

But I'm only guessing.

The writer's mistake, though, was in thinking that the Stoogefied spelling of "certainly" had not yet been tried and, to a certain extent, agreed upon.

@4ndyman: It wouldn't be hard to understand "coitainly"--replace "cer" with "coi"--but COIN-tainly is just bizarre.

Spread out!

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