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There was a wedding. When the right time came, the bride elbowed the groom, and he said, loud and clear, "Asshole". The officiant nodded and continued with the ceremony. Perhaps only the groom's parents could have been a bit amused, but not really.

At the end, everyone was happy, such as weddings usually go.

How is this possible? (edited - better wording)

Hint:

This really happened. It's a bit silly, but a nice example how real life situations can create unintended riddles. There is some leeway in the answer.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is potentially a good story/pun/whatever, but this is not a puzzle. It is a "guess what happend" situation - and people are guessing. Could also be VTC as "too broad" or "speculative" etc. But I wanted to add an explaination instead. $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 9:08
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    $\begingroup$ @BmyGuest - Aren't most riddles/lateral thinking puzzles/etc like that? You're given just a small part of the necessary information and need to guess the rest? $\endgroup$
    – Vilx-
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 9:21
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    $\begingroup$ @Vilx Judgement of quality & suitability is to a large extend subjective and often impossisble to frame into solid rules. That's why this is based on voting. To my taste, posts like this cross the line towards "Just guess", but others might disagree. I'm certainly not "policing" this site - I'm online far too rarely these days - but comparing "puzzles" like this post to "puzzles" I have seen on the site and would like to see more of on this site, make me casting my vote. If 90% of posts on site would be like this, I wouldn't bother to come here anymore. This is an opinion. $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 9:26
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    $\begingroup$ @RadovanGarabík - maybe a knowledge tag, then? $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 9:38
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    $\begingroup$ You shouldn't hold back tags because they might spoil the answer. If it is not 'common knowledge' or if another language is involved and you don't tell us about it, it is an unfair puzzle or afwully close to (xkcd.com/169) $\endgroup$
    – PL457
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 11:23

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I reckon

the groom suffers from Tourette's syndrome, displaying the tic of coprolalia. No one was bothered because it can be naturally assumed that everyone present at the ceremony was aware of the groom's condition and hence took no undue notice of it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Could be, but 1) his parents (not other people present) might have been concerned (and one would expect the parents to be used to their son's syndrome) and 2) the ceremony continued right after he said this $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 8:11
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Maybe

they speak in another language where 'Asshole' mean 'I love you' or 'Yes, i want' or any other sentence that would perfectly makes sence in a wedding

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  • $\begingroup$ Or "I do" in such a language $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 9:37
  • $\begingroup$ The answer would, of course, include the name of the language... $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 10:59
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    $\begingroup$ So, which variant of 'Yes/I do/Certainly/Of course/I will/etc' sounds most like 'Asshole' in any possible language. Shouldn't be that hard right? $\endgroup$
    – PL457
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 11:50
  • $\begingroup$ @PL457 exactly - it's not that hard, even if you happen not to speak the language(s) in question (there are some more possibilities). This answer is correct at the first approximation, though it lacks a certain logical extension (I'd accept it even without naming the language, if it had the conclusion). And, to get the language, there is an important background hint that went unnoticed... $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 6:47
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The groom was a little on the deaf side and unfamiliar with English.When the time came to be asked Do you take this woman to be your bride? he misheard this as Where do you take this woman who is to be your bride and gave his answer for where he planned ...😈

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  • $\begingroup$ We've got kids on this site! :-) $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 8:34
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    $\begingroup$ @Phylyp Nah. You have to be over 13 to be on this site(at least legally) $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 8:40
  • $\begingroup$ Hilarious (and it could have been a same-sex wedding), but no - "The officiant nodded and continued" :-) $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 9:08
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I think it might be that

They wrote each other's vows and the bride's for the groom included something along the lines of "I vow not be an asshole" which the officiant read to the groom and the groom had to repeat, possibly stumbling over the word.

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Maybe

The officiant had just asked if anyone had any objections to the wedding, and one of the groom's friends stood up and gave an objection that was very clearly a joke. The bride nudged the groom to get him to shut his friend up, and the groom promptly (and jokingly) called his friend an asshole. Since nobody had any actual objections, the ceremony continued.

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My guess:

Either the groom or the bride actually has the surname (or name?) "Asshole". Unusual, but possible. Or perhaps one of them has a name that is pronounced very similar, like "Asole". Most likely the groom, since it was his parents that could have reacted.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, like in "Meet the Fockers". I considered narrowing it down to explicitly exclude this possibility, but I think if this were the case, everyone else but his parents would be caught by the word - supposedly, they'd be well accustomed to it... $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 9:07
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    – Separatrix
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 9:14
  • $\begingroup$ @RadovanGarabík - Good point. OK, I'm out of ideas. $\endgroup$
    – Vilx-
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 9:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Separatrix - that movie, it's got a joke for every occasion! $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 9:37
  • $\begingroup$ @Phylyp - One of these days I'll have to watch it. :D $\endgroup$
    – Vilx-
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 10:40
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Asshole could have been a soul and thus no harm was done...

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Maybe......

He is actually sneezing...... :|

achoo, well, sounds like asshole......

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    $\begingroup$ He said it "loud and clear" $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 8:09
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Could it be

As hold

but

misheard to be Asshole :D

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