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Can one use a bastardization of a word or phrase with impunity? For example if I wrote a book about President Bush and called it "Bush-Wacked" or Former NY Governor and entitled it All-Spitzered Up or about any public figure or institution

Hello Joseph:

By all means, go ahead and bastardize! If they can do it on TV ("Lil Bush") you can, too. By this means, many words become part of the English language. I doubt very much if this would rise to the level of libel, or Saturday Nigh Live and Comedy Central would be out of business. Commedian Lewis Black does this all the time: he's one of many.

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I wrote my first book in 1957 and have been writing and studying writing since. I have a BA in Written Communications, and have taught writing both privately and through adult education for 15 years. Have also edited (fiction books) for an online publisher and edited/wrote more than 100 articles for a teen sex education site. Currently writing web content and mentoring beginning writers.

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