Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Poop doesn't count

We can categorize the uses of and references to expletives and slang into several strategies and effects. The discourse situation can vary depending on...

Nevermind. Just watch.


  1. I wish you'd say a little something, though -- to add to the humor, or to help me make sense of it beyond just giggling.

    I think something seems to have happened in my lifetime regarding our attitudes toward swearing, though it's hard to tell whether that's just a flawed perception from a person who used to be a child.

    It seems more and more like the whole idea of an offensive word is falling apart -- I mean: "fuck."

    At worst it's kind of understood as a matter of poor taste or sophomoric expression, isn't it? But man, my grandma was NOT havin' that kind of talk.

    Any theories about this claim? Am I right, or is this just me remembering a time when people tried not to swear around me because I was so cute?

    In fact: do a little historical research for once in your life: when did "fuck" and "shit" become "offensive" in themselves? Was it the Puritans? Kant? Who was the wacko?

  2. This comment is about 2 years too late, but I didnt think you'd see it if I posted it where it belongs.

    "Babdist" is a common pronunciation in the South and in Texas. It's not that they actually say [bd] so much as it is that they fail to shorten the "a" vowel before the cluster, so the impression that it's [bd] derives from the vowel. But I've heard what I think is [bt] from people nowhere near the south, such as a preacher I went to in vermont.

    I also see it SPELLED Babtist a lot even up here. I also sometimes see labtop for laptop.

  3. thanks for the comment on <babdist>. i had forgotten about that.

    it's worth thinking about again. there are several things that might be going on with that spelling. the vowel length is certainly an interesting possibility.


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