Originally Posted by ColbertFan
But that's clearly not how those words are intended in that definition. Unless you consider the word "the" to be profane as well.
Considering that there are religious traditions that do consider certain words holy, some certainly would consider 'the' to be profane.
But one doesn't have to be religious to think that considering that profound and profane are antonyms and since some words do have more semantic depth than others, 'the' can certainly be considered profane.
And while perhaps profane has lost the meaning of 'common'— vulgar is still used that way quite a bit.