Sweary links #9

Good news (finally) from Microsoft: Windows 10 will include middle-finger emoji in a range of skin tones. Or, if you prefer, inverted neutral-colored candy apples on sticks.

middle finger emoji


Some of the sweariest and most piss-elegant greeting cards around are created by London-based Calligraphuck. In an interview with Chronicle Books, Calligraphuck’s U.S. distributor, company founder Linus Boman talks about discovering his love of profanity, finding inspiration on the streets of London, and enjoying the benefits of being “an obsessive type-nerd.”


Calligraphuck calling cards.


Ancient Hebrew–at least what’s preserved in the Hebrew Bible–was long on piety and short on profanity, so modern Israelis have had to invent or import swear words, writes Fred Skolnik in The Ilanot Review:

[A] word like manyak with its independent Arabic (cocksucker) and English (maniac) origins became totally confused in Hebrew speech and has been used in both senses, sometimes with the (inexplicable) force that the British “bloody” had fifty years ago and therefore not heard in polite society, and sometimes with far less sting for someone acting in a crazy or outrageous way. I would guess that the word was first used in the Arabic sense by Oriental Jews and then picked up by Ashkenazi Jews in the mistaken belief that it derived from the English word.

(Via Language Hat, where the comments are worth reading, too.)


“The useful slang term badass, increasingly common in recent years, has been seemingly ubiquitous lately,” writes Jesse Sheidlower in The Daily Beast. 


“It’s situations like this that swearing was fucking invented for”: Comedian Sean Lock on necessary swearing. (Via Rebecca Roache)


Slut, bitch, cunt, queer — is there any word that can’t be “reclaimed”? (Via Babel)


“Swinging the dolphin” (1922) to “smack the mackerel” (2013): slang timelines for masturbation and to masturbate from Strong Language contributor Jonathon Green (aka Dr. Slang).


Branding agency Lexicon has developed its first iPhone app: a profanity checker.


Bitch, you better read this: Katy Waldman on the power of the proemial bitch.



Cursive, by Wrong Hands.

6 thoughts on “Sweary links #9

  1. Y May 19, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    The multicolored raised fingers are yet another example of cultural homogeneization and the insidious push toward global Western hegemony under the guise of pluralism. Where are all the other countless rude gestures of the world? These icons represent a world of uniform American culture, dyed in a range of tasteful colors.


  2. Ergot May 20, 2015 / 3:45 pm

    “Ancient Hebrew–at least what’s preserved in the Hebrew Bible–was long on piety and short on profanity.” Has anyone analyzed puns/wordplay in the Torah to find evidence curses that may have been too offensive to include explicitly in the Hebrew Bible. Pop music and popular cinema have long used wordplay this way to show their familiarity with offensive slang while avoiding an “explicit lyrics” stamp. Shakespeare did it too: http://worldcrass.com/2015/05/20/fuck-cunt-cocksucker-hard-k-is-the-crassest-sound-in-english/


  3. Harketh May 20, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    I really want a middle finger emoji. Please let this happen immediately.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. John Cowan September 19, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    U+1F595 is already available everywhere: 🖕. Whether you see it properly is a matter of the fonts you have loaded.


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