Cara Koscinski just wanted a nice dessert for her son’s graduation party. What she received was a cake that she says prompted “total embarrassment” and multiple conversations about the alternative meaning of the Latin word “cum.”
In a Facebook post shared Sunday, Koscinski of South Carolina shared photos of a cake she’d ordered from her local Publix supermarket. Though the cake was meant to read, “Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude class of 2018,” she was surprised to see the word “Cum” — Latin for “with”; slang for… you know — replaced with dashes.
“How utterly ridiculous and I will be speaking to a manager for a refund,” she wrote. “Shame on you Publix for turning an innocent Latin phrase into a total embarrassment for having to explain to my son and others (including my 70 year old mother) about this joke of a cake.”
Koscinski’s post also shows a photo of the online order form where Publix determined her use of “cum” counted as “profane” language. Despite her efforts to explain the word in the special instructions section, it seems whoever iced the cake didn’t get the message.
Local station ABC 4 reports that the supermarket has since offered Koscinski a refund for the cake.
Honestly, that sounds like the least it can do after forcing a poor woman to explain why “cum” might prompt censoring to her own mother.
[H/T: The Root]