Sweary links #21

Dick Assman, a Canadian gas station owner — yes, Assman the Gasman — has died at 82. He achieved fleeting celebrity in the 1990s when Dave Letterman featured him on the Late Show.

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Our new favorite Twitter account: Swear Trek.

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“There are publications that have refused to review this book, simply because they believe profanity is evidence of poor breeding and illiteracy.” A Q&A with Benjamin Bergen, author of the forthcoming What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves.

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SiriusXM invented a restaurant called Dick’s Pizza just to make dick jokes. Tons and tons of dick jokes.

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Should judges quote obscenities verbatim in their decisions? Some say yes, others say no, and one says “It’s not so f***ing simple.”

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Charles River Ventures, a 46-year-old early-stage venture fund based in Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York, has launched the CRV Fellowship Program to support immigrant entrepreneurs. The company announced the move in a Medium post titled F*CK TRUMP.

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Everything Is Fucked: a syllabus for a class taught by Sanjay Srivastava. Week 1: Psychology Is Fucked. Week 2: Significance Testing Is Fucked. … Week 10: The Scientific Profession Is Fucked. (Hat tip: Betsy Levy Paluck.)

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Racist thug tells judge she’s “a bit of a cunt.” Judge tells racist thug: “You’re a bit of a cunt yourself.” Justice: done. (Hat tip: Lynne Murphy.)

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A man was arrested in South Cerney, England, for “drunkenly using foul language” while standing on a war memorial. #BeyondThePale, tweeted the Cotswolds Police.

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If Hillary Clinton wrote for Strong Language, it might go a little like this.

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Paul LePage, the Republican governor of Maine, left a voicemail message for Drew Gattine, a Democratic state representative, in which he called Gattine a “son-of-a-bitch socialist cocksucker,” among other endearments.

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A tattooist in St. Pölten, Lower Austria, was jailed for inking a penis and “fuck” on a woman’s back instead of the yin/yang symbol she’d requested.

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(More on “X as fuck” in this Strong Language post.)

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UK supermarket giant Tesco is defending an employee who allegedly swore at a 4-year-old (“don’t take the fucking piss”) in its Cambourne store. (More on “take the piss” here.)

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The Wall Street Journal now permits the printing of “most vulgarities” if they are in direct quotations: “Thus, an executive referring to a ‘shit storm’ or a politician (guess who) vowing to “‘bomb the shit’ out of Islamic State’s oil operations.”

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By God’s heart: Swearing in early modern English. (Hat tip: Sue Walder.)

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How Internet filters fuck shit up: “Since the internet first went mainstream in the late 90s, Scunthorpe has faced a major indignity from the algorithmic twists and turns of the connected internet.”

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5 thoughts on “Sweary links #21

  1. dialmformara August 29, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    In the movie comic, note the description of “#” as “hashtag”, as opposed to “pound sign” or otherwise. The times they are a-changin’.

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    • Patrick Collins September 3, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      In British English # was always hash, Our pound sign would be £. The lady who voiced phone announcements for the BT phone company said her favourite was “Press hash now”.

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      • Nancy Friedman September 3, 2016 / 2:19 pm

        The American English “pound” sign (#) represents the unit of weight (16 ounces), not money.

        Another name for # is octothorpe. Here’s the story behind that name.

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      • Keith September 5, 2016 / 8:55 am

        @Nancy, below,
        In the rest of the English speaking world, the 16 ounce pound is abbreviated to lb.

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      • Nancy Friedman September 5, 2016 / 2:26 pm

        It’s also “lb.” in the US. And it’s (sometimes) “#.”

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