Sweary links #14

October already? You know what that means: It’s decorative gourd season, motherfuckers.

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Mug via McSweeney’s Store.

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A retired lecturer in medieval history has found what appears to be the earliest use of fuck. It’s in a 1310 court record, and it’s a surname: Roger Fuckebythenavele. “Experts say name refers to lack of sexual prowess, or gross stupidity.” – Daily Mail. “I’m sort of speechless.” –  Language Log’s Geoffrey Pullum. “The Middle English dictionary needs a fucking update.” – medievalist Piotr Gąsiorowski.

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“The search for the first ‘fuck’ may be both fascinating and futile — even when we find it, we might not have the context to know what it means.”

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Ten offensive English words with hazy origins.

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There’s an asterisk in the title of our new favorite self-help book, F*ck Feelingsbut don’t worry: the chapter titles — “Fuck Fairness,” “Fuck Self-Improvement,” “Fuck Serenity,” et al. — are unexpurgated.

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Written by a real fucking psychiatrist! (And his comedy-writer daughter.)

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Frak it all: the five types of swears you’ll find in speculative fiction.

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New Zealand bans an award-winning YA novel, Ted Dawe’s Into the River, after protests from a Christian group over “sexually explicit content, drug use and the use of a slang term for female genitalia.

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On Twitter, “liberals are more likely to swear, with ‘fuck’ and ‘shit’ in their top ten most used words (after the most commonly used English words are removed).” Quelle surprise: conservatives prefer to tweet about prayer.

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“You moulting desert ram” and 11 other Old Irish curses. (Via Language Hat.)

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A court in New York State ruled that a man who wrote “fuck your shitty town bitches” on a speeding ticket was unlawfully arrested.

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In some places in Australia, according to the Crikey blog, “cunt is taking on the same use as bastard.”

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Why you can’t trademark NO FUCKS GIVEN: because the U.S. Patent and Trademark says so, citing Know Your Meme and Urban Dictionary. For more on countable swears, see Stephen Chrisomalis, “How Many Swears Can We Give?”

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If you liked our post on “trademarks the government doesn’t want you to see,” by guest blogger Anne Gilson LaLonde, you’ll love this Pinterest board from another trademark lawyer, Ed Timberlake, on “scandalous trademarks.” (Note: not all of these marks made it past the filing stage; read Anne’s post to figure out why.)

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6 thoughts on “Sweary links #14

  1. Mark Kevin Smith October 3, 2015 / 7:03 am

    I love this blog it’s fucking fantastic, finally i found writing that’s worth reading. Thank You

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  2. Frankie Banks October 6, 2015 / 5:55 am

    Love it! Bloody Hell seems to be acceptable everywhere and anywhere, presumably deriving from bloody Mary?

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  3. Sebastian Abad October 6, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    About the video of Insults around the world, the woman at Bogota says gonorrea, I think it should have been translated literally, gonorrhea. As a colombian, it is kinda unique to use a sexually transmited desease as an insult, or as a swear, When someone is a douche, an asshole, you say they are a gonorrhea, when something is spectaularly brutal, ugly, gore, you say that’s a gonorrhea. I don’t know of other cases of sexually transmited deseases with this use in spanish nor other language. Pretty awesome, ain’t it?

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  4. Lisa T October 8, 2015 / 1:30 am

    I love this fucking BLOG!! This is a breathe of fresh air~I am so tired of having to be politically correct and everything you say now, offends someone! BRAVO!! BTW~I am new to this whole blogging thing. Stop by and check me out. Thanks~

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  5. barbiegirl517 October 19, 2015 / 6:46 pm

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  6. delliott12345 October 27, 2015 / 6:52 am

    I love the point made about conservatives preferring to tweet about prayer. It’s so true. Those nuts are always asking me to send prayers to aid in this tragedy or that tragedy. But I’m Jewish by birth and agnostic by choice. What the fuck kind of prayer am I supposed to send?

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