Sweary links #12

Does the heat make people extra-sweary? Whatever the cause, we’ve been seeing — and hearing — a lot of swears recently, some of them issuing from unexpected sources.

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Conan O’Brien brought out a swear jar so that actress Jennifer Lawrence could employ her “potty mouth” for a good cause. “I’m doing it for the fucking kids!” said she. Listen to the unbleeped version here. (For more on swear jars, see John Kelly’s “Till the swear jar’s full.”)

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“The word motherfucker was discussed, but was not part of the assignment because the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary only goes up to eight-letter words.” — John R. Williams, former executive director of the National Scrabble Association, on the “impossible, sh**ty task” of taking swear words out of the Scrabble dictionary.

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“This month, Louisiana State University fired—outright fired—a tenured professor of education, Teresa Buchanan, ostensibly for creating a ‘hostile work environment’ via sexual harassment. Her infraction? Allowing profanities to pass from her tenured lips, and unleashing a single ill-advised bon mot about sexual intercourse.” – Rebecca Shuman on how “academia’s P.C. brigade has started policing the F-word.

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Fuck That: A guided meditation.

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Where in the world are people tweeting the F-bomb? Now there’s a map to tell you.

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For fuck’s sake! Wee kids swear up a storm in this ad by BBDO Berlin for the Smart fourfour, BMW’s miniature car.

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It’s just basic fuckonomics.” (Via @TheLingSpace.) For more on countable fuck, see Stephen Chrisomalis’s post, “How many fucks can we give?”

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Iceland has legalized blasphemy, and thank Jeebus for that.

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In Welsh, “most swearwords or phrases are about livestock and their various bits and bobs.”

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“If you’re not an Indonesian speaker, you might be interested to learn that the Indonesian phrase that corresponds to our euphemism ‘take a dump’ is buang air besar [= throw out big water].” — Jakarta Governor’s Shitty Metaphor

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“I was this close to turning around and asking: ‘Have you noticed that you use the f***ing f-word in every f***ing sentence? Because I f***ing have. And it’s becoming a bit f***ing wearing now’.” — Frank McNally on the importance of swearing with care and feeling.

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And while we’re in Ireland:

 

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Meanwhile, there’ll always be a fucking England:

 

10 thoughts on “Sweary links #12

  1. CGHill July 13, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    In the wake of Flickr and Tumblr and such, I am frankly surprised no one has brought out a sweary application called MothrFuckr.

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  2. Q. Pheevr July 13, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    I’m surprised to learn that “the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary only goes up to eight-letter words.” Shouldn’t it go all the way up to 15-letter words, given that it’s possible to make new words by extending ones that are already on the board? (E.g., if COCKS is already on the board, I should be able to append UCKER to it, right? It’s been a while since I’ve played, so I could be mistaken about this; corrections are welcome.)

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  3. innejmay10 July 14, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    I think the heart does. I mean I am rude to people because I had my heartbroken alot of times so I would think that’s the way I protect myself from getting emotional involved with other people.

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    • Nancy Friedman July 14, 2015 / 7:14 pm

      “Heat,” not “heart.”

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  4. Nancy Friedman July 14, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    The first line of this post is “Does the heat make people extra-sweary?” I believe you mis-read “heat” as “heart.”

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    • innejmay10 July 14, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Oh and yea I’m not good with heat it like cooks your head especially here in Arizona. I even yelled at my own mother when I was in the heat and when I got out of the heat. But I didn’t say any cuss words.

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  5. werkinghate July 21, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    Love that this blog is about swearing! LOL! great!

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