Fun phrases: Moral turpitude

Not sure where I hear this one, but I loved it. I had to look it up of course, but you can love a word (or phrase!) without actually knowing what it means.

Definition: Moral turpitude is a legal concept in the United States and some other countries that refers to “an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community”.

So yeah..not exactly what I had in mind. I was thinking it meant something like you lacked morals (but not in a superbad way, just a kind of selfish way). Or that your morals were flexible depending on the situation – but again, just in a selfish kind of way, like you might take *two* pennies from the “Take a penny” tray.

And for some reason, it made me think of turpentine.  Perhaps I’ll start a new phrase – Moral turpentine. Nope. I just looked that up. Apparently 272,000 other people have already thought of it or used it.

What would you have thought this phrase meant?

2 thoughts on “Fun phrases: Moral turpitude

  1. I can’t hear this phrase without thinking of the cinematic masterpiece, Porky’s. After hearing Beulah Ballbreaker (sp?) pronounce this judgement on Kim Cattrall, I can’t imagine it as anything else.

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