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It’s time for us all to grow the fuck up! I’m writing in support of and to congratu-fucking-late Mandy Nolan for her great column last week. As a father of three kick-arse kids, I too get told that I ‘swear too much’. I too bring out the stats and the question, ‘whose sensibilities are you trying to protect?”’

Of all the things that we don’t want our kids to be around, or to do themselves: why the fuck is swearing even a problem at all?

The Royal Commission into institutional fuck-sticks hurting kids handed down their report this week; bullying; shit-house NBN speeds (which will hurt our kids in the future); suicide being the Number-Fucking-One cause of death for our young people. Swearing by parents: really?

Not swearing panders to the Most Boring in our society. Anyone who is offended by swearing, is offended by Language, by Creativity!

Most non-swearing conservative folk that I know won’t hesitate to offend others in bigoted ways though. I want us to stop pandering to these arse-hats.

We have just (fucking finally) had laws enacted that send our great-arse country in the Rainbow direction: surely its time our use of language became more colourful?

Ariel Schlesinger, Mullumbimby

 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Just as the possession of an opinion is not necessarily proof of a connection between mouth (or keyboard) and the brain. The use of words designed to offend is no proof of any close association with reality, mental toughness, or ordinary people. It is most closely associated with an attitude of mind that says I need to impress you on my right to step on your rights for no better reason than I can. It originates in a section of our mind that is selfish, aggressive, ineffectual, and childishly anti-social. It is really better if we don’t wash our dirty linen in public. No-body is really impressed with foul mouthed gits.
    Banjo Patterson expressed his disdain beautifully as “the language uninviting of the gutter children fighting.”

    • You do have a very good point Vince.
      However, based on the three grammatically errors that I can detect in your treatise, you may just be a prudish grand-stander … otherwise commonly characterised as a f c. Think about it.
      Arrogance & self-importance masquerading as “civil society” is equally unattractive.

      • Well Tim perhaps I am just an old bloke bought up in a world where foul mouth gits were called for what they were. As for my so-called grammatical errors it sounds like you are using the cigarette companies defense and trying to deflect the argument into some area where you have a chance of winning the unwinnable argument. Arrogance and self-[mportance seems to apply to your own stance rather than to someone who is just pointing out the selfish, aggressive and childishly ineffectual position that you appear to be promoting.
        I have no wish to engage in a discussion with intellectual misfits who have nothing but their belief that what ever fashionable position they choose to adopt must be right merely because it is fashionable justifies whatever fashion that they choose to be a slave to.
        I have no argument with Mandy who has used her column to highlight the degeneration of the language and the general decline in mannerly, considerate behavior that is characterised by your misguided missive. As far as I am concerned this discussion is over.

        • Sure. Agreed.
          I was simply pointing out that there a many ways to degenerate the language of public discussion.
          Freedom of speech is a thing and I heartily agree with your ability to label my position as “childishly ineffectual” and characterise me as an “intellectual misfit”. I, of course, disagree.
          Happy Festive Season Mr Kean.

      • Being an unabashed potty mouth I won’t comment on this topic for fear of offence. A word of advice to Tim thoug: if you are going to have a go at someone’s grammar, proofread carefully. ‘Three grammatically errors’? And remember this the peace and love region.
        I think the last word should go to some wisdom I read on a Wicked van: grammar is the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit!

  2. Being an unabashed potty mouth I won’t comment on this topic for fear of offence. A word of advice to Tim though: if you are going to have a go at someone’s grammar, proofread carefully. ‘Three grammatically errors’? And remember this is the peace and love region.
    I think the last word should go to some wisdom I read on a Wicked van: grammar is the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit!

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