Sweary links #3

The sweary links are arriving thick and fast these days. Here’s a fresh batch of foul-mouthed items of interest.

The Globe and Mail, having published the band name Fucked Up, robustly defends the decision.

It wasn’t all nasty, brutish and short. Countering the myth of Anglo-Saxon swearing.

Finding the poetry in Kim Sears’ profanity.

Fuck your moralistic hand-wringing: women swear too (and always have done).

A selection of insults and profanities from around the world.

17thC woodcut showing the dangers of swearing (via @nllspace and @DaintyBallerina). Stop me if I’m reading this wrong, but it looks to me like if you swear you get extendable eyes like Mantenna or you’re whisked off for some aerial lovin’ from a tall dark stranger. Maybe the danger is that you’ll enjoy it too goddamn much.

8 thoughts on “Sweary links #3

    • Stan Carey February 10, 2015 / 9:05 am

      Thanks for the links, Ben. Even by the NYT’s standards of bowdlerisation, that is ********. I mean, fucked up.


    • Stan Carey February 9, 2015 / 5:03 pm

      Thanks, Simon – we shared that one from our Twitter account yesterday. Swearwords’ infrequent appearance in the journal tends to make each instance interesting in its own right.


  1. rossmurray1 February 9, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    Thanks for the Globe & Mail link. I saw the issue in question and thought to myself, “Hmm. That’s new.” I was also impressed by their courage, knowing its conservative readership.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Stan Carey February 10, 2015 / 9:07 am

      Ross: Yes, absolutely. They knew they would take heat for it and probably lose a few subscribers, but they committed to the principle.


    • Stan Carey February 11, 2015 / 8:25 am

      Either way, Geekdivaherself, we appreciate it. And it’s good to know we’re news for editors – as one of that tribe I find swearing an essential part of the job.


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