A friend who attended one of the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well concerts in late June came back with a fashion report. No, it wasn’t about tie-dyed peasant skirts or blinged-out Birkenstocks. It was about this T-shirt:
“Polite as fuck” tee from Buy Me Brunch.
Or maybe this one. (My friend didn’t pause in her revels to gather photographic evidence.)
Cursive does seem well suited to the message. T-shirt from Amazon.
The sassy oxymoron—civility meets vulgarity—is what tickled my friend (and me). I hadn’t seen anything like it — but then again, I hadn’t yet made an effort. As it happens, the “X as fuck” construction is highly commercial.