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goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 12:54 PM

WHAT SAY YOU?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090302/ap_on_fe_st/odd_no_cussing

Apparently, LA has a campaign going for a week to stop cussing.

Personally, I like my use of the english language.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 1:03 PM

I come from a family of sailors but I think it's like nudity - it's all about the right time and place.

Nice that it's kids behind it.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 1:06 PM

Even a lady needs to say #!@! sometimes. I saw that line in the movie Changeling and I agree. Seems they have a real problem with it in LA.

Craig Ferguson was talking about it on his show last night, he was hysterical. Apparently in England, fanny is a cuss word. hehe

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 1:14 PM

Just stand around in a public place and listen to conversations for a while. The language is unbelievable!

Yes, when I whack my knee on the corner of the desk and I lose all feeling in my leg for several minutes, you bet I will probably say a slightly bad word - maybe a step up from fudgesickles to Oh sugarfoot!.

When I was in charge of the newsroom that was the first thing the new reporters learned - you don't use bad language in the office. Now it's my understanding that the young person they hired to replace me can outswear anybody and does so loudly in the office during office hours. Talk about a complete turnaround!

That's part of what has surprised me about language: The young women use far worse vulgar language than the guys.

I will welcome some better use of the language than has been in the past.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 1:15 PM

Fanny is a cuss word in the UK?

Well, here in France they are very proud of their derrières which they claim to be second in the world only to those of Brazil.

And in exercise class they always do the posterior whereas in the US it was maybe one time in 10.

BTW I cursed today when the WP screen quaked pink when I hadn't really submitted an answer, but that is rare.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 1:20 PM

Seems fanny is the same thing as um... beaver... here in the US. Too funny.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 1:27 PM

Easy, there Yank. Lots of Englishers here on the Island - rowdy lot they are, too.

I saw Craig last night, he's always briliant. He's in my Five.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 1:28 PM

By the way, that avatar is ADORABLE!

irishpainter
Irishpainter  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 224)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 2:11 PM

Craig is a Celt Smoke, big differance from being English.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3779)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 2:15 PM

I worked almost 40 years in a setting where the language could often embarrass soldiers, sailors, drunks, prison guards and death row inmates, so my opposition to the gratuitous use of vulgar language is not prudish in nature. It is basically from three discoveries along the way.

1. It does not make you sound "all grown up." It makes you sound childish.

2. It does not valid or accentuate your point or opinion. It usually serves the opposite purpose, like those stilted, pre-thought out curses from drive time radio idiots.

3. It is not a substitute for thinking, knowing your facts, having a basic command of the language anymore than just saying, "Oh ya!" It exposes the weakness of your position.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 2:19 PM

Believe me, I'm in no confusion about Craig's heritage and their history with the English.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 2:21 PM

But sometimes it's really funny.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3779)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 2:23 PM

Oh ya! (and not the Kool Aid guy kind, either)

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 3:08 PM

Any over used word loses its power.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 3:15 PM

Tuzilla, where did you work?

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Wed, 4th Mar '09 8:21 PM

I quit cussing when I dropped my Bible during Bible study and said, "SH****T!

I was so mortified.

Now, I don't say anything in public that I wouldn't say in front of my mother.

In private ... in front of close friends ... sure. But, I still don't curse much.

sherilynn1962
Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Thu, 5th Mar '09 12:43 AM

ROFL!


I just say "Barnacles".....Everybody thinks I'm crazy, but it's very benign.

Thank you, SpongeBob!

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 5th Mar '09 9:36 AM

The other day someone (sorry, I don't remember who) said "fudgesickles"...I thought that was pretty funny. It got the point across.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 5th Mar '09 9:38 AM

That was Salzypat. You know how those newspaper people cuss.

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Thu, 5th Mar '09 11:56 AM

One year as a language experiment in my high school class, we attacked the "f" word. The students at first defended using it, so we discussed its overuse, and its real and ambiguous meanings. Language becomes habitual, I pointed out, and any overused word loses its power. So I challenged the students to think of other words that truly expressed what they wanted and not say the "f" word for one week. They accepted the challenge.

We came up with a dictionary of "synonyms" or phrases that were better substitutes, depending on the situation and meaning intended. After the dictionary hit over 300 other ways to say it, the students got the point. They had a difficult time breaking their habit though, for a "just plain expletive" that had no meaning. They said the word most then, they discovered. So one of my "bad boys" suggested they just make up a word to use at those times. (By this time they had talked me into a competition between males and females, the winners having a field trip of their choice. We got a local bank to agree to fund the trip. This helped tremendously, since they were constantly listening for the word in our ' "f" free zone', which was our school building, to give a "mark" to the other side...lowest marks wins.) They came up with the word "truck". So it became the "truckin security" and the "truckin idiots", and "I don't give a flying truck", etc. Yes, I heard an occasional "truck you".

Surprising, the males won. Even more surprisingly, it stuck. Most of the students continued using their alternate word. I ran into one of these ex students last summer. He had to tell me that he still slips and says "truck" with his friends and they laugh at him, but said he said he's proud that he never uses the "f" word in front of his children.

Thought you all may enjoy this anecdote. I sure miss high school teaching.

Sun

crazy4games
Crazy4games  (Level: 123.0 - Posts: 1020)
Thu, 5th Mar '09 12:02 PM

Sounds to me like you were excellent at it.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 5th Mar '09 12:13 PM

That truckin rocks! Good job! Wish there were more teachers like you.

budwiseguy
Budwiseguy  (Level: 73.9 - Posts: 8)
Thu, 5th Mar '09 6:29 PM

Teachers get too bent over slipping and saying something. This competition sounds cool tho. would like to do that.


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