Post by occam Post by Peter Moylan Post by Ken Blake Post by Sam Plusnet
Even today people might "swear like a trooper" in everyday
life, but avoid all swearing during... job interviews, talking
to an elderly aunt etc.
Maybe that's your fucking opinion, but since I've been retired
and never do job interviews and have no living aunts, elderly or
otherwise, I swear like a trooper any time i want to.
(Just a joke, not meant to be insulting,)
Last night I was watching a bunch of stand-up comedians, in TV
coverage of a comedy festival. I like that sort of comedy, but I
get awfully sick of the comedians' over-use of taboo language.
It doesn't offend me. Not in that way. But it gets awfully boring.
Sometimes, the good ones come up with some very funny imagery.
Frankie Boyle, one of the most foul-mouthed of Scottish comedians
"The Queen [ER II] is so old that her pussy is haunted"
(I may be wrong, but I remember an alternative word for 'pussy' when
I first heard it.)
That's perfectly OK with me. If the word is appropriate to the joke,
then by all means use it. What I object to is the use of unnecessary
words for their shock value. Especially since we stopped being shocked
years ago. They've lost their joke value.
I do accept the use of such words when they clearly belong to the
dialect being used. Billy Connolly, for example, grew up with shipyard
language, and it's in character for him to keep using it.
Peter Moylan Newcastle, NSW