We’ve featured swearing montages from video games; now here’s one from TV.
Even if you’ve never seen Sharpe (I haven’t), that won’t stop you enjoying Sean Bean uttering oaths from it non-stop for 7½ minutes – mostly bastard, bloody, bugger and damn, with crap, arse, piss, prick and twat entering the fray near the end and culminating in this mighty outburst:
What an idiot. What a dirty little Dutch buffle-brained bastard. I’ll ram his poxed crown up his royal poxed arse. The blue-blooded twat.
You can almost feel the spittle from here.
Bloody is a mild intensifier to many ears, but in some quarters it’s considered pretty strong, and its use in G.B. Shaw’s Pygmalion caused a scandal a century ago. Poxed refers to various poxes once common, and dates to the 17thC.
Buffle-brained means ‘stupid, foolish’, literally ‘buffalo-brained’ (from the French buffle). See John Kelly’s ‘You pack-saddle child!’ for more on bastard, especially its etymology, and check out Four Femmes on the Thames to hear twat turned into a feminist anthem.
So without further ado, here’s Sean Bean cursing up a blue streak. Because we love you damned bloody buggering bastards.