4 thoughts on “‘Lazy Irish Cunt’

  1. Stan Carey March 26, 2015 / 10:46 am

    I was going to share my considered opinion of Jeremy Clarkson, but… meh. More to the point, it’s interesting to see how differently news orgs are reporting or censoring the word he used after “lazy Irish”: I’ve seen c***, c—, ****, c**t, cun*, cunt, bastard, and something-or-other . The Swindon Advertiser went with the slightly bizarre cun*. Perhaps worst of all, the New Statesman put a full stop after “lazy Irish” as if that’s all he said. The power of cunt!


    • vox hiberionacum March 26, 2015 / 11:01 am

      Absolutely. I noticed that myself when looking around for articles to link to. Was hard to find anything mainstream that wasn’t ***. I fully expect to lose followers for even tweeting it. Fascinating inglorious case study. You should definitely expand on it, you know, sometime. If you’re ever bothered, like. 😉


      • Stan Carey March 26, 2015 / 11:19 am

        The UK Independent used the word in full in a comment piece but bowdlerised it as c**t in a news article. The Guardian normally has no problem printing it either when it’s part of the news. Two or three asterisks seem the most common options.


  2. vox hiberionacum March 26, 2015 / 11:25 am

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall in those newsrooms. ‘What’s the guidance on ‘cunt’, Ed?’

    ‘That would be an ecumenical matter’

    ‘See pages 6-10 of the manual?’



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