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    from the Hartford Courant
    May 1, 2002
    By ROB KYFF

    Republican Congresswoman Nancy Johnson recently received a public paddling from Democrats for telling a high school group her demanding job was sometimes "a pain in the ass."

    It wasn't the sentiment the Democrats criticized - who enjoys 16-hour days spent with the likes of Condit and Trafficant? - but the language. They were shocked, shocked! Those Democrats are, if you'll pardon the expression, a little behind.

    "Ass" is one of at least a dozen words that have made the transition during the past 50 years from banned to bandied.

    Words my mother would have washed out my mouth for saying, and did, now spew from TV, radio and - Lord help us! - politicians, words like "hell," "damn," "bitch," "piss" and "bastard." Even the s-word pops up occasionally on late-evening programs.

    When actor James Garner hesitated to use the word "screw" during a recent TV interview, he seemed almost quaint.

    Many scatological and sexual terms have gradually shed their vulgar skins as they've slithered into common usage. "Crap," for instance, verboten in my childhood, has become a generic term for any form of junk, and "pissed off" now flows freely as a synonym for angry.

    And is the virginal teenage girl who describes her boyfriend's restored car as "cherry" aware of this term's anatomical origins? A more recent crossover is "suck." In the teenage parlance of my youth, this word had one meaning and one meaning only: a reference to a sexual act.

    If someone shouted, "You suck!" - well, them was fightin' words.

    Not any more. That giant sucking sound you hear is the sexual denotation being drained from "suck." From sitcoms to situation rooms, "suck" has become the verb of choice for any negative phenomenon - "This weather sucks ... homework sucks ... this vacuum cleaner sucks." (And this is a bad thing?)

    In fact, the mother word now suckles an adjective form, "sucky," as in "this dress is sucky." Language changes. Heeding the biblical injunction, we've beaten our swears into plow horses.

    Even "ass" has lost its sass.

    Rob Kyff is a teacher and writer in West Hartford.

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    cool article. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    thanks man.

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    what a suck ass shitty article...
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    Well, I'll give them damn, hell, bitch, and bastard, but if I ever have a kid that utters "ass" I'd slap them upside the head and tell them to watch their damn mouth!
    "Just once I'd like to do the right thing and not get punished for it."

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    .. thats what i really love about american english..

    the amazing variety of swearwords.!

    jewish putdowns are particularly good-
    putz,schmuck etc..etc..

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    I can remember coming home from school (I think I was about 17) and swearing when I cut my finger in the kitchen. I got the lecture from my mom. I said, "Fu*!in' A!"

    I listened and then I gave HER the lecture on "Swearing is in the ears of the listener!" She actually stopped and listened to me.

    I went in the bathroom to bandage my finger and clean it up. I hear my mom rumbling around in the kitchen, and I hear her pull out a drawer that was kinda sticky. She yanks and tugs on it. I hear the drawer fly out and it and everything in went crashing to the floor. I nearly fell to the floor laughing, when I heard my mom yell out, "Fu*!in' A! Go@@amn Sonofabitch." then without missing a beat, she says, "Don't even start with me little girl."
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    I prefer the utility of the word Fuck. It is simply the most useful word in the English language.

    It can be anything:
    a noun - you stupid fuck
    a verb - I fucked her
    an adjective - you fucking dick
    an adverb - you fucking suck monkey dick
    It can be used to:
    express surprise - well, I'll be fucked
    designate trouble - well, I'm fucked
    emphasize excitement - I'm fucking stoked
    State of being - I'm so fucked up [img]graemlins/drunk.gif[/img]
    Express displeasure - Oh, FUCK [img]graemlins/yell.gif[/img]
    Or, the ultimate, I'm fucking [img]graemlins/bounce.gif[/img]

    Edit to add a few things

    [ May 02, 2002 at 10:24 AM: Message edited by: Incredible Edible Dude ]</p>

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    LOL! Exactly! [img]graemlins/bounce.gif[/img]
    "May you die at age 128, in bed, shot to death by a jealous lover" DLR 2002

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    Originally posted by edwardocatflappo:
    .. thats what i really love about american english..

    the amazing variety of swearwords.!

    jewish putdowns are particularly good-
    putz,schmuck etc..etc..
    Those words can be used by and against gentiles too!

    [ May 02, 2002 at 11:18 AM: Message edited by: BigBadBrian ]</p>
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    I can swear with the best of 'em, but I try to control it as to whom I'm around. I mean, when I'm with my friends, I can make Richard Pryor or Redd Foxx sound tame. But I had had amazing control in front of my mother for the longest time - until we went out one day to play golf! After quite a few holes of hitting the ball every which way but straight, I whacked a particularly horrendous shot which led to me uttering the "F" word for the first, and as far as I can recall, only (living 1500 or so miles away helps) time in front of my Mom. "Season on the Links" for sure!

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    Not too long ago my son came home from school and said "is d-i-c-k (spells it) a bad word? [img]redface.gif[/img] I said "that's someones name, but it can be used in a mean way" also, driving a long one day he decides to ask me what it means when someone sticks their middle finger up. He's also quick to point out when he hears bad language on tv or radio (thanks Bob and Tom) I know that the kids at school are allowed to say something "stinks" but not "sucks". My youngest repeats everything he hears, so "dammit" became a word we had to extinguish from his vocabulary. I hit my elbow around this same time [img]graemlins/yell.gif[/img] and he was standing there waiting for me to say the word, and I wouldn't, so he said it for me [img]graemlins/wtf.gif[/img]
    I never considered cussing in front of my parents, but I remember asking my mom how old you had to be to say "bad words" [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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    Angel that's funny! I can just picture you with a smacked elbow, and him waiting for you to swear! No matter what, when he said it for you, if it'd been me, I'd have started laughing!

    Anybody remember George Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words?" How many of those now get said on TV almost all the time??

    I remember my son pointing out this fall, that he's never heard "ass" said on TV... until this season! [img]graemlins/wtf.gif[/img]
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    ..profanity overdrive...

    get DEREK & CLIVE - AD NASEUM
    or D&L - Get The Horn
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    kings of pissin offf EVERY-Fuckin'-BODY...

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    Originally posted by LA:

    Anybody remember George Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words?" How many of those now get said on TV almost all the time??

    Well yes... shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits!! You won't hear those on any of the big 4 networks if rarely.

    My father is a retired truck driver... I've heard it all. The rule in our house growing up is... we know you know all the cuss words... we don't want to hear em in the house.

    Same rule applies to my kids today. [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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