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I think there are other word choices that avoid the problem, so why not use them? Construct, assemble, build, put up, fabricate. If you spot the problem, then at least some others will at well. If you want to avoid that, pick a different word.


I would see the double entendre. As an editor, I would change it to something else. Assemble or install, probably. "Install" to me means "Start with all the pieces, put it together, test to make sure it does what it's supposed to do, and clean up the site afterwards." Installing an exhibition would involve putting it into place, and if that required tools, ...


In the given context the word "erection" does not have any sexual connotations for me. Outside of your question, I would not have thought of erect penises at all. If you feel you must avoid this word, use verbs: "We deliver and erect stands." Or: "The delivery and erecting of stands." Many sexual slang words have non-sexual base meanings and are commonly ...

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